Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Rennes to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy this summer.
The Blues have now turned their attention to recruiting a new shot-stopper and are showing interest in the Senegalese goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports journalist Angelo Mangiante.
Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench for Spain again.
Talks ongoing between #Chelsea and #Rennes for #Mendy. #Onana and #Areola have been offered to #CFC.
Goalkeeper time. @SkySport #Transfers pic.twitter.com/8vL4B1yeSg
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) September 6, 2020
Mendy is known to be rated highly by Christophe Lollichon, the head of Chelsea’s goalkeeping department, and his 1.97m frame means that he specialises in claiming high crosses which could help to solve Chelsea’s defensive set-piece calamities.
Both Frank Lampard and several Chelsea defenders have lost faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga according to a previous report from The Athletic, but recent reports suggest that the club are expecting the Spaniard to remain in West London for the upcoming season and are not prepared to cut their losses on their £72m-signing just yet.
It is currently unclear as to whether the plan is to bring in a new goalkeeper to replace Kepa or simply to provide competition for him, and this decision will surely determine the profile of goalkeeper that Chelsea decide to sign.
Angelo Mangiante also revealed that Ajax’s Andre Onana and PSG’s Alphonse Areola have both been offered to Chelsea, while Burnley are also believed to be expecting the Blues to make an approach for Nick Pope.
The transfer window will not close until October 5th, giving Chelsea plenty of time to resolve their goalkeeper situation and potentially sign a centre-back or midfielder as well before the deadline.