Chelsea are closing in on the signing of a new goalkeeper.
Amid concerns over Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘s form during the 2019/20 season, the Blues have been linked with the likes of Andre Onana, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, and Jan Oblak in an attempt to solve one of Frank Lampard’s biggest transfer problems.
However, it’s none of the aforementioned keepers who are making the move to Stamford Bridge as the club have decided to go down the route of targeting a player who may not well known amongst many supporters.
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As reported by football.london, Edouard Mendy is close to becoming Chelsea’s eighth summer signing with the goalkeeper set to complete a move from Rennes in the coming days.
Petr Cech, the Chelsea technical advisor who played for Rennes before arriving in west London, is an admirer and has played a key role in getting a deal in place.
He is expected to cost about £20million, with potential add-ons meaning it could eventually rise to £25million.
Interestingly, Mendy was on Chelsea’s radar prior to him joining from Reims for an undisclosed fee last summer, and comments from loan goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon explain why he would be perfect for the Blues.
“He has reached maturity, with a fairly unusual path, and it is all the more meritorious,” Lollichon told Le Phoceen last year. “Edouard Mendy is today, for me, the best goalkeeper of the championship of France.
“He is what I call a proactive, very influential goalkeeper who does not suffer the game.
“Reims really did a great job with him. Maybe at OM they could not detect the talent he had in him, but it was perhaps not the right time too.
“In any case, he’s a great goalkeeper that we necessarily follow in the Premier League.
“When you are nearly 2 metres (1m97), with such a ground game, such placement and…