Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Chelsea are inching closer and closer to buying Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy according to Goal. The Blues saw their initial £18 million bid rejected and now will up the ante to as much as £25 million.
Chelsea's Keeper Issues
It's no secret Blues manager Frank Lampard doesn't have faith in current shot stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
He dropped him at the end of last season for high profile games including the FA Cup semifinal and final as well as the Champions League Round Of 16 second-leg against Bayern Munich for the aging Willy Caballero.
The club has targeted more than just the Senegalese keeper, also showing interest in AC Milan's young, but experienced Gianluigi Donnurumma.
Earlier in the summer, they also looked at Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak as a potential replacement. However, the interest in Mendy seems much stronger at this point.
And after spending more than £200 million on Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, and Kai Havertz, Mendy also presents a cheaper option.
Mendy is a late bloomer, growing into a solid keeper at the age of 28. He has only two full years of top-flight experience, both in Ligue 1, at Stade Reims before Reenes. But in those two years, he has blossomed into one of the French league's best.
Last season, he kept nine clean sheets in 24 league appearances in the shortened season. He also won two man-of-the-match awards on WhoScored. Plus, he had the third-highest save percentage in the league, 78%, just two points behind league leader Predrag Rajkovic.
Mendy excels as a shot-stopper as opposed to playing out of the back like Kepa. Because of the Spaniard's struggles with making simple saves, Chelsea have prioritized actual goalkeeping.
Mendy Close To Signing
Ligue 1 began their new campaign a couple of weeks ago and Mendy started the first game of the season, a 1-1 draw against Lille. However, he didn't make the bench in his club's 2-1 win against Montpellier. Is it because he's close to a move to Chelsea? Possibly. Likely.
Chelsea spent big on Kepa a few years ago, £71.6 million, making him the most expensive keeper in the world. Now, though, they look set to do the opposite signing central defender Thiago Silva for free and targeting a cheap, good bargain in Mendy.