Chelsea are reportedly close to signing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from French club Rennes.
The goalkeeper is set to become Chelsea’s eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Xavier Mbuyamba, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz.
If the deal is completed, Mendy is expected to challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero to be the club’s number one goalkeeper.
Mendy, who showed up at Rennes training ground with his representative for talks with the club, didn’t train with the other players on Friday morning, even though Rennes are playing Nimes on Sunday, which is probably a signal that his days are numbered in France.
Mendy has already told Rennes he wants to move to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old might follow in the footsteps of Chelsea’s technical director Petr Cech, who made the same move from Rennes to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004.
Cech is believed to have been involved in identifying Mendy as a transfer target.
Chelsea were also said to be interested in another Ligue 1 goalkeeper in Lille’s Mike Maignan.
However, Lille demands of £32m for the 25-year-old, was something Chelsea were not willing to meet and therefore had to look elsewhere.
Chelsea, who conceded 54 goals in 38 Premier League games last season – the most of any top-half side, have also been linked with several other goalkeepers, including Jan Oblak, Nick Pope and Andre Onana.