Chelsea has announced the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes on a five-year deal.
The 28-year-old reportedly cost Chelsea over £22million.
Mendy’s arrival will further put question mark over the future of the error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga, who gifted Sadio Mane his second goal in Chelsea’s 0-2 Premier League defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The Senegalese is Frank Lampard’s eighth signing of the summer in what has been a very busy transfer window for the London club.
Mendy was fantastic last season helping Ligue 1 side Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time last season.
Mendy said: “I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.
“I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”
Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia revealed that Chelsea’s former goalkeeper and current technical and performance adviser Petr Cech recommended Mendy.
Granovskaia said: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.
“Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”
The goalkeeper will also be competing with Willy Caballero for the number one spot.
Mendy joined Rennes from Reims after spending three years at the French club. He conceded just 31 goals in 33 matches and kept 13 clean sheets in his only full season with Rennes before the Ligue 1 season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Cech also moved from Rennes to Chelsea 16-years ago.