Chelsea have completed the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for an initial fee of £22million.
Mendy becomes Chelsea’s eighth signing of summer, and with reports heavily linking Declan Rice with a move to The Blues, it doesn’t appear like he’ll be the last through the doors as Frank Lampard continues to revamp his squad.
The Senegalese shot-stopper comes in to provide competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of the new season and the transfer will likely signal the departure of veteran keeper Willy Caballero to Real Betis.
Mendy is a tall commanding keeper noted for his sharp reflexes and ability to collect crosses into the area. At 28 years-old Mendy provides short term rather than long term competition for Kepa. But with a distinct lack of world-class goalkeeping options on the market and Kepa’s high wages a stumbling block for teams looking to prize the Spaniard away from Stamford Bridge, the move appears to offer a low-risk solution to Chelsea’s issues in goal.
With the Ligue 1 season already underway Mendy is not short of match fitness and he will certainly be in contention to start against West Brom this weekend.