Ligue 1 in-demand stopper linked with surprise move to Chelsea

Chelsea have been mentioned with a handful of goalkeepers this summer as Frank Lampard does not seem to be a big fan of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

That has been made clear by Petr Cech, the Blues icon and the club’s technical and performance advisor, who told Sport.cz that the Blues could bring in a new goalkeeper in the ongoing market and Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy has been identified as one of the targets.

Over the weekend, claims in the British press stated Chelsea are set to return with a new bid of €20m for the 28-year-old after the Ligue 1 side rejected their initial bid of €16m.

However, a French newspaper and TV channel L’Equipe try to calm things down a bit by reporting the Senegal international is merely drawing interest from the Premier League club at this stage.

In response to the bold claims of offers, it’s stated Rennes have so far not received any formal proposal for him and have only seen signs of interest from Frank Lampard’s side.

However, the west London side’s attraction for the goalkeeper is not feigned, and according to his representative, Mendy is hoping to join Lampard’s side.

Chelsea are considering the African’s profile to challenge Arrizabalaga for a place in the starting XI, but with Rennes ruling out any official offer for Mendy, a deal is unlikely to be concluded anytime soon.

Over at TuttoMercatoWeb, they report Rennes have no intention of selling Mendy without having a replacement ready because the 2020/21 campaign has started in France.