London club have agreed on a deal to add Stade Rennais shot-stopper Edouard Mendy, according to the footballer’s agent. Chelsea manager has been keen for Blues to sign a new shot-stopper to challenge Kepa Azpilicueta following the Spanish goalkeeper’s terrible form last campaign.
The London giants have held extensive negotiations with the French club over a deal for Senegal international, with Stade Rennais requesting Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori as part of the agreement. But according to Edouard’s representative, Djily Dieng, a €22m deal has now been agreed between the two teams.
Mendy is now due to travel to England to undergo a medical with Blues and put the finishing touches on his move to London club. ‘The two parties have come to an agreement,’ Dieng said. ‘All that’s left is the formalisation. It could even be done tomorrow if all goes well.’
‘Afterwards, the player himself will come to finalise everything, including having his medical examination.’ The 28-year-old goalkeeper trained with Ligue 1 giants on Thursday ahead of the clash at home to Monaco on the weekend.
Meanwhile, English manager has insisted that he is happy to keep Kepa in the squad following Arrizabalaga’s error in Blues 3-1 victory over Brighton on Monday evening. ‘I am very happy with Kepa,’ said Frank Lampard.
‘With the shot, I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better. But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing. Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea and it goes throughout the squad.’