Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement to sign Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, according to widespread reports.
Frank Lampard is keen to secure a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga following the Spaniard’s inconsistent performances last season.
Petr Cech, who returned to Chelsea as their technical and performance advisor last year, is understood to be behind the club’s push to sign Mendy.
Chelsea have already had one bid turned down by Rennes this summer but according to The Guardian, the Premier League club have continued negotiations with he French side and are now close to finalising a £18.2 million deal.
The report claims that the transfer could eventually increase to £25m after add-ons are included. Mendy has impressed for Rennes, who have qualified for this season’s Champions League, following his £3.5m move from Stade Reims last year.
Daily Times reports that the Senegal international is set to become Chelsea’s seventh new arrival this summer after Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.
Speaking last month, Cech admitted that Kepa had struggled and revealed that Chelsea were considering strengthening their goalkeeping options this summer. ‘Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,’ said the former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper.
‘But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful. ‘Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now. ‘But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.’