Chelsea have continued their eye-catching summer spending spree by completing the signing of Rennes’s Edouard Mendy on a five-year deal.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper becomes the seventh new arrival at the club for a fee of £22 million and will provide significant competition for the Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Frank lost faith in the first-choice stopper last season and relied on veteran Willy Caballero during the latter stage of a disappointing season for Chelsea’s record £72 million signing.
Chelsea were mentioned with the likes of Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak but turned their attentions to a cheaper alternative, in part down to a lack of interest in Kepa.
Mendy has been capped eight times by Senegal since making his debut two years ago and signed for Rennes last summer from Reims. Speaking after the announcement, Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia said:
‘As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.
‘Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.’
In a message to Chelsea fans, Edouard said: ‘I am so excited to be joining Chelsea.
‘It’s 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 can’t wait to get started.’