Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of reaching an agreement to sign Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

According to The Athletic, Mendy could arrive at Stamford Bridge “within days”, with just a week to go before Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixture away at Brighton.

The West London side previously had a £14m bid rejected by Rennes, but talks are progressing well and the Senegalese shot-stopper is expected to be the next signing of their busy summer window.

Both Chelsea’s goalkeeping expert, Christophe Lollichon and Petr Cech are known to be big admirers of Mendy, who has built a reputation of being a commanding presence in his own box.

Petr Cech used to play for Rennes himself between 2002-04 before joining Chelsea, and is helping with the negotiating process as the club’s technical and performance advisor.

Following Cech’s comments last week, Kepa is expected to stay at the club next season and will need to compete with Mendy for a starting position, having struggled to justify his own £71.6m price tag.

“Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now,” Cech revealed.

“But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.”

Chelsea did look into offloading Kepa but a combination of his wages and the club’s reluctance to make too much of a loss on him meant that little interest was shown in signing the player.

The other position that Chelsea could target in this window is defensive midfield, with both Declan Rice and Boubakary Soumare believed to be on their wishlist.

Rice is seen as an attractive option for his ability to play at centre-back if needed, while Lille’s club president has confirmed that he is willing to sell 21-year-old Soumare this summer.

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