Chelsea have allegedly ended their interest in Lille shot-stopper Mike Maignan in order to focus their pursuit on the Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy of Rennes.
Frank Lampard is said to have made the signing of a new keeper one of his priorities for the remainder of the transfer market, having been unconvinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s showings last season.
The world’s most expensive shot-stopper ended the campaign with the lowest save percentage in the PL, while Chelsea as a team had the worst defensive acquisition in the top half.
The likes of Jan Oblak, Maignan and Mendy are among the names to have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but Sky Sports News reports that they have cooled their pursuit of the latter.
Lille were reportedly demanding £32 million for the 25-year-old, whereas Chelsea were only ready to pay up to £22 million.
The Blues are hopeful of signing Mendy for a similar price having opened negotiations with Rennes – a club technical director Petr Cech has close ties to, having previously played there.
The Blues have been the biggest spenders in this summer’s market already, with the imminent arrival of Kai Havertz set to take their outlay to more than £200 million.
In other news, AC Milan have allegedly ‘made further progress’ in their pursuit of Chelsea star Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The midfielder is not said to be part of Frank Lampard’s plans at the club and is expected to leave the London giants during this summer’s transfer market.
Bakayoko has spent each of the last two campaigns out on loan, representing Milan during the 2018-19 term before returning to Monaco, making 23 appearances in his second stint with the principality side.
The 25-year-old star has since returned to Chelsea, but according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, I Rossoneri are closing in on the signing of the Frenchman.