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Keeper Mendy on brink of Chelsea move

  • Published at 11:44 pm September 22nd, 2020
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Edouard Mendy

Mendy's arrival will provide competition for Arrizabalaga, who has struggled for form and confidence

Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is expected to complete his move to Chelsea from Rennes Tuesday, Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has confirmed.

The 28-year old was undergoing a medical with the London club, with Lampard indicating the deal should be completed shortly afterwards.

Mendy's arrival will provide competition for Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has struggled for form and confidence.

The giant stopper will join Chelsea in a deal reaching a reported £20m ($26m), which would take the club's spending in the summer transfer market to around £220m.

Mendy will become manager Lampard's seventh senior signing of a hectic summer, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr having already come through the Stamford Bridge doors.

Lampard expects Mendy to be available for selection straight away and not to have to quarantine, leaving the possibility open for a Premier League debut at West Bromwich Albion Saturday.

Kepa produced his latest pivotal mistake in Sunday's 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League, and Mendy's arrival will put the £72m Spain international's regular place under great pressure.

Lampard confirmed technical director Petr Cech had influenced Mendy's signing, given the ex-Chelsea stopper's specific goalkeeping knowledge.

Lampard challenged Kepa to react positively to Mendy's arrival.

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