Chelsea are aiming to complete the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on the recommendation of Petr Cech from his former club Rennes.
Mendy is expected to become Chelsea’s seventh signing of what has been an incredible summer of incomings at Stamford Bridge, as head coach Frank Lampard aims to continue to improve his squad.
The Senegal international is likely to cost Chelsea in the region of £18million from Rennes, the club Cech moved to Stamford Bridge from in 2004.
Now technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge, Cech was tasked with helping to identify a new goalkeeper along with his old coach Christophe Lollichon, who still works for Chelsea.
Lollichon had worked with Cech at Rennes before moving to Chelsea with the Czech Republic international, who became one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history.
It is thought to be coincidence that Chelsea have settled on trying to sign another goalkeeper from Rennes, but Cech has played a prominent part in the decision making process over who could improve Lampard’s options in the position without breaking the bank.
It may be unfair to expect Mendy to follow in the footsteps of Cech, but Lampard will hope the 28-year-old will provide more security in Chelsea’s goalkeeping position.
Mendy’s 6ft 5ins frame will provide Chelsea with a more imposing figure in goal, with the player’s distribution with his feet also rated as one of his stronger attributes.
Kepa Arrizabalaga last season struggled to reproduce his best form, with Lampard dropping the Spaniard for Chelsea’s two most crucial games of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers to secure a top four place and the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
Despite the anticipated arrival of Mendy, Kepa is willing to stay at Chelsea to try to fight for his place with the club yet to receive any bids for the Spain international.
Other than Mendy, Lampard would also still ideally like to sign a new defensive midfielder before the summer transfer window shuts with Declan Rice his number one target for the role.
Meanwhile, Ethan Ampadu, who spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig, has joined Sheffield United for the forthcoming campaign.