Chelsea ‘expect’ to make Rennes’ Edouard Mendy next summer signing

As per a number of reliable outlets in the English media this evening, Chelsea are closing on the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

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Ongoings at Stamford Bridge have of course proven one of the talking points of world football over recent weeks.

This comes with the Blues currently in the midst of a remarkable recruitment drive.

On the back of a pair of transfer windows without a single signing, Chelsea have already secured 6 high-profile additions ahead of the new season.

After clinching deals for both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner before the summer window had even officially opened, the last week of August saw all of Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva follow suit.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Timo Werner of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the pre-season friendly between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea at Amex Stadium on August 29, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

And, in the Londoners’ biggest summer outlay yet, the long-anticipated arrival of Kai Havertz was finally made official last Friday night.

The German prodigy put pen-to-paper on a 5-year deal at Stamford Bridge, in a deal worth a rumoured £70 million.

Mendy incoming

Whilst such reinforcements will, for obvious reasons, no doubt result in Chelsea proving a markedly improved side next season, one area which remains a major source of concern at Stamford Bridge comes between the posts.

On the back of a hugely underwhelming campaign on the part of current no.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Blues, in turn, have been tipped to swoop for a whole host of shot-stoppers.

To this point, though, no such move has come to fruition.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea FC at London Stadium on July 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

But, as outlined above, if the latest word emerging in England over the last couple of hours is to be believed, then Chelsea’s goalkeeper search finally looks set to bear fruit, and soon.

As reported by the reliable Simon Johnson of the Athletic, Frank Lampard and co. ‘expect’ to make Edouard Mendy, of Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, the club’s next summer signing.

It is even suggested that a deal could be completed over the course of the coming days:

A further insight, meanwhile, has since been provided by Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella, with 28-year-old Senegalese international Mendy set to arrive in southwest London to provide competition for Kepa, rather than to replace the Spaniard:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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