Chelsea are very close to signing 28-year-old Senegal international

The London giants hopes to announce a deal for Stade Rennais shot-stopper Edouard Mendy in the next 48 hours after agreeing a £28m fee for the goalkeeper. Chelsea have been locked in talks with the French club for over a fortnight and the Ligue 1 giants have fought hard to ascertain a bigger upfront fee from the London club.

Chelsea have finally agreed to pay a fee of nearly £22.5m to Rennes, with an extra £6m arriving in achievable add-ons. Edouard is ready to sign a five-year contract at Chelsea and he will undergo his medical on Tuesday. Mendy will undergo his medical in Berlin, Germany because of covid restrictions currently in place in England.

Chelsea manager insists any shot-stopper signing will challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the no1 spot in Chelsea but it’s unlikely that the Spanish goalkeeper will keep his spot given his recent form. Kepa made a huge mistake in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool when Sadio Mane intercepted his pass out to tap into an empty net.

Senegal international will become Blues seventh addition of the summer and the club will hope to have him registered in time for Friday’s midday deadline, which would enable him to feature with West Brom on the weekend. Chelsea take on Barnsley in the League Cup before then, with Thiago Silva in line to make his debut.

However, the likes of Ziyech, Chilwell and Sarr are currently unavailable. Frank, meanwhile, could still face a headache trying to convince Blues decision-makers to sign Declan, with a previous report claiming some at the club felt the teenager had not rectified the weaknesses in his game that prompted them to release him when he was 14.