Chelsea are very close to signing 28-year-old Ligue 1 shot-stopper

The London club’s move for Stade Rennais shot-stopper Edouard Mendy is ‘imminent’ after the Blues agreed on a structured £26m deal for the goalkeeper. Despite claims that he’s happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga following Monday’s 3-1 victory against Brighton, Chelsea manager is keen on signing a replacement stopper for the shot-stopper.

The Spanish goalkeeper was dropped at several points last campaign after a string of poor performances and Senegal international is seen as a safer pair of hands. Blues have already made six additions so far this summer, spending over £200m to bring in the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.

But a shot-stopper was seen as the next priority and the deal for Edouard has now been agreed. It’s claimed Blues will pay an upfront fee of nearly £21m and a further £6m in bonuses to sign Mendy. The 28-year-old could be in place by the time Blues take on Liverpool this weekend but it stays to be seen whether Frank will drop Arrizabalaga.

Frank Lampard suggested a new shot-stopper would merely provide ‘competition’ for Kepa but he was clearly wary of demoralising the goalkeeper, who is seeking to recapture his best form after a tough two years at Chelsea. Asked about developments on the club’s hunt for a new shot-stopper, Frank Lampard said: ‘Not at the moment, no.

‘There’s obviously some weeks to go until the end of the window. I’m happy with him. Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. If we are bringing in competition it’ll be competition, that’s the nature of Chelsea. That goes throughout the squad we’ll see.’