Chelsea are doing a insanity within the switch market.
They’ve already made SIX main signings this summer season and their seventh finished deal is edging ever nearer.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is about to affix Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz on the glittering checklist of acquisitions.
talkSPORT understands that Chelsea have agreed a payment with Mendy’s membership, Rennes, which is able to take the Blues’ summer season spending to close £250million.
This might transform an important signing of Chelsea’s switch window, with quite a few experiences suggesting Frank Lampard had run out of persistence with report signing Kepa Arrizabalaga.
However what precisely are Chelsea shopping for and may the Senegal worldwide make them real title contenders?
talkSPORT.com has taken an in-depth have a look at Mendy as he closes in on a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
What’s the gossip?
All roads result in Stamford Bridge it appears as talkSPORT understands that Chelsea have agreed a payment of £18m with Rennes. This comes after the French aspect reportedly rejected a £14m provide from the Blues.
It’s anticipated Mendy would develop into Chelsea’s first selection keeper, whereas Kepa and Willy Caballero would battle it out to be the 28-year-old’s understudy.
If something, these experiences solely elevate questions on Kepa’s future on the membership.
He appears eager to battle for his place at Stamford Bridge however the signing of Mendy would clear Chelsea to promote Kepa, who has been linked with the likes of Barcelona this summer season.
Membership profession to this point?
It wouldn’t be impolite to say Mendy was an unknown amount till final season as he actually made his title at Rennes.
He joined them from fellow French membership Reims final summer season, having spent three years there.
Mendy was a part of the Reims squad that gained promotion to Ligue 1 within the 2017/18 season and a powerful first season within the French high flight received him Reims’ Participant of the Yr award and noticed him shortlisted for the league’s finest goalkeeper award.
He then joined Rennes and helped them to a third-place end in a shortened season attributable to coronavirus.
Earlier than Reims, Mendy performed for Marseille’s B crew in 2015/16 and began his profession at Cherbourg, who had been within the third tier of French soccer on the time.
Between these two golf equipment, French soccer skilled Matt Spiro revealed Mendy even went to the native job centre earlier than he joined Marseille.
Suffice to say, Chelsea shall be an enormous step up.
Mendy is incomes his stripes on the worldwide stage, clocking up seven appearances for the Senegal nationwide crew since making his debut in November 2018.
Though he was born in France, Mendy was eligible for Senegal by means of his mom and Guinea-Bissau by means of his father.
He obtained a call-up for the Guinea-Bissau squad in November 2016 for some friendlies however later pledged his future to Senegal.
Mendy began the primary two video games of Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations marketing campaign in 2019 earlier than sustaining a hand harm which dominated him out for a lot of the match. Senegal had been crushed by Algeria within the remaining.
What’s been stated about him?
As talked about, the soon-to-be Chelsea participant remains to be a comparatively unknown amount. He’s a late bloomer and his rise has been like Leicester striker Jamie Vardy’s.
The experiences recommend Chelsea had been instructed to signal him by legendary glovesman Petr Cech, who now works as a technical and efficiency adviser for the membership he served as a participant for eleven years.
He’s considered as Chelsea’s biggest ever goalkeeper so there’s no greater praise to a keeper seeking to go to Stamford Bridge.
Nevertheless, it’s understood Mendy was on Chelsea’s radar earlier than he joined Rennes, with Blues goalkeeping scout Christophe Lollichon waxing lyrical in regards to the participant final yr.
He instructed Le Phoceen: “He has reached maturity, with a reasonably uncommon path, and it’s all the extra meritorious.
“He’s what I name a proactive, very influential goalkeeper who doesn’t endure the sport.
“Reims actually did an awesome job with him. Possibly at Marseille they might not detect the expertise he had in him, however it was maybe not the best time too.
“In any case, he’s an awesome goalkeeper that we essentially comply with within the Premier League.
“When you find yourself practically 2 metres (6ft 6in), with such a floor sport, such placement and initiative-taking as he has, if recruiters don’t have a look at him, it’s as a result of they’ve to alter jobs (laughs).”