Chelsea morning headlines as lower Edouard Mendy transfer fee negotiated, Havertz on poor debut

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Wednesday, 16 September.

Chelsea pushing for lower Eduoard Mendy fee

Chelsea have reportedly secured a breakthrough in their attempts to sign Rennes goalkeeper Eduoard Mendy.

The Blues have been linked with Senegalese international as Frank Lampard looks to secure competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

However, despite reports from French outlet L’Equipe claiming Rennes were demanding a €40million fee plus a season-long deal for Olivier Giroud, Chelsea have now renegotiated a €28million offer, with Giroud staying at Stamford Bridge.

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Mendy has played a key role for the Ligue 1 club following his arrival from Stade Reims at the start of last season, making 22 league starts, as Julien Stephan’s side secured a third-place finish in 2019-20.

Fernando Torres opens up on Chelsea struggles

Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has revealed his frustration at struggling for consistency during his time at the club between 2011 and 2015.

Torres famously joined the Blues in a £50million deal from Liverpool in January 2011, but his time at Stamford Bridge was marked by injuries and confidence denting drop in form.

The Spanish international netted just 46 goals in 172 Chelsea appearances, and despite his memorable goal in the 2012 Champions League semi final win over Barcelona, he admitted his time in SW6 was difficult.

“Liverpool was the peak of my career. I arrived in a new city and didn’t speak English,” Torres told talkSPORT.

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