08 September 2020 12:39
Rennes are staying tight-lipped about the future of Chelsea target Edouard Mendy at the Ligue 1 club. Chelsea have identified the 28-year-old goalkeeper as a potential recruit and are claimed to be making progress in talks to take him to England. While Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to stay at Chelsea, Frank Lampard wants to bring in a new goalkeeper as he remains sceptical about the Spaniard rediscovering his form next season. Mendy has emerged as Chelsea's top target and the club are in conversations with the player and his representatives over a potential move. But according to French sports daily L'Equipe, Rennes have continued to remain discreet over the future of their number 1 goalkeeper.
Until recently they maintained that they were yet to receive an offer, contrary to suggestions that Chelsea have tabled a €20m bid. Rennes are aware that the player wants to leave as he is keen to take up the opportunity of joining one of the big teams in the Premier League in England. But for the moment, the club have kept their counsel on whether a deal is likely to take place between themselves and Chelsea. Their interest in Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola however, suggests that the club are preparing for Mendy's exit. Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
According to The Athletic, the transfer could be completed 'within days'. The Blues need to bring in a new keeper to challenge Kepa for the starting berth and Mendy should prove to be a useful addition. The Spaniard has been quite poor for Chelsea ever since his move from Bilbao and he needs more competition. Someone like Mendy will push him to improve his game. It will be interesting to see if the Rennes star manages to adapt to English football quickly and make an immediate impact. Frank Lampard has had a fantastic window so far and the Blues have improved their squad immensely with the signings of Silva, Havertz, Werner and Ziyech. It will be interesting to see if they can improve their goalkeeping department before the transfer window shuts. Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Declan Rice is also a target for the Blues and Chelsea could make their move for him this summer. It will be interesting to see if they can convince the Hammers to sell their star player to a bitter rival.