Edouard Mendy has finally joined Premier League giants Chelsea from Rennes for a fee reported to be around Â£22million.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to the Stamford Bridge outfit for weeks and the Blues have finally landed their man and he has signed a five-year deal. The Senegalese shot-stopper is expected to compete with Kepa Arrizalaga and Willy Caballero in the number one position after the Spaniard posted strings of errors recently and in the last campaign. After the signing Mendy said: "I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. Itâs 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 canât wait to get started." Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea's director added: "As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group. He is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.
Mendy has a growing reputation in the French Ligue 1 after helping Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history last season. The goalkeeper also conceded just 31 goals in 33 games and kept clean sheets before the 2019-20 season was brought to a premature close.
The Blues are desperate to land a formidable replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga who has started the season on a shaky note. Frank Lampard's side suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Liverpool following two costly errors from the Spanish goalie.