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AFRICAN SHOT STOPPER CLOSE TO JOIN CHELSEA.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea has agreed on a deal worth £25m for the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper joined Rennes from Reims just last summer but went on to essay a pivotal role as they finished third in Ligue 1 and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

Having impressed with the club, the Senegalese international is now said to be on his way to London after Chelsea’s offer was accepted on Friday.

Chelsea’s goalkeeping situation had been a cause of concern following last season. Kepa Arrizabalaga hardly inspired confidence with his shaky performances, while Willy Caballero is in the twilight of his career.

So, manager Frank Lampard was intent on signing a new goalkeeper before the new campaign began. A number of names had been mentioned over the course of the summer. However, the club seem to have narrowed down on Mendy

It is claimed that the 28-year-old was pulled from training with his teammates after a deal was agreed. And soon, he was off to London for his medical, after holding talks with his agent and Rennes president Nicolas Holveck.

Mendy, once he arrives, will become the seventh major arrival at the club, following the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz.

Experienced and coming on the back of a good season, he ought to provide intense competition to Kepa for the goalkeeping spot in the coming season.

The arrival of Mendy will add further pressure on current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard has been largely unreliable and made a number of errors last season.

Hopefully being pushed by Mendy will see him step up and be counted. It was revealed earlier this week that Kepa is keen to stay and fight for his place at the club.

The Blues have recruited well and look set to challenge at the top for the forseeable future. It remains to be seen who among Kepa and Mendy will win the goalkeeping rivalry.

Mendy signed for Rennes last summer and has since played 34 times for the club. He helped Rennes finish in third place and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

While it is unlikely that many would have pictured Chelsea going for Mendy when the window opened, the statistics speak for themselves.

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