Chelsea have submitted a second bid of around €20m for Rennes goalkeeper Éduoard Mendy, according to Goal France and Telefoot. Kepa’s struggles last season have forced the club into the market for a goalkeeper this summer.
Mendy, 28, is admired by Chelsea’s head of goalkeeping Christophe Lollichon who is formerly of Rennes.
He has played in France for the duration of his career to date, first at Championnat National outfit Cherbourg before moving to Ligue 2 Stade de Reims in 2016. Mendy won promotion there before transferring to Rennes last summer for an undisclosed fee.
The French-born Senegal international has eight caps for his national team, making his debut against Equatorial Guinea in 2018.
This deal might also hinge on Rennes securing a replacement – the Ligue 1 side are currently looking into the possibility of signing PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the event that Édouard Mendy is sold to Chelsea.
According to reports, Chelsea’s opening bid for Edouard Mendy was rejected by Rennes – with the club is also looking into the possibility of taking Fikayo Tomori on loan as part of any deal. Telefoot report that opening offer to have been around €16 million.
Chelsea were previously linked with Jan Oblak and André Onana, but it has been reported that they are looking for a cheaper option in light of the substantial spending in other areas this summer. Kepa appears unlikely to leave the club this window, and Mendy has been considered a worthwhile candidate to provide serious competition to the Spaniard.
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