Chelsea turns their sights to Rennes FC Senegalese shot-stopper Edouard Mendy as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his goalkeeping option next season.
Chelsea has been in the market for a goalkeeper after their world-record shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to impress the last campaign.
The Spaniard, who conceded 54 goals last season, coupled with a series of unconvincing performances, has fallen out of favor in the Chelsea camp as the blues eye a replacement.
Chelsea has been linked with a host of goalkeepers in recent weeks, with the likes of Andre Onana, Jan Oblak, Dean He Derain, and Burnley’s Nick Pope linked with the north London club.
Chelsea has turned their attention Rennes’s goalie Edouard Mendy and reportedly made an offer to snap up the Senegalese international.
However, according to reports, Chelsea has had a £15 million bid turned down by Rennes, who are demanding a lot more for their star.
Chelsea could go in with a second offer for the 28-year-old after the Ligue 1 outfit claim they would only part way with their prized asset should a higher bid be submitted.
The 28-year-old, who has been with the Ligue 1 outfit for just one year, following a £3.6 million switch from Stade de Reims last summer, has outstanding since his arrival.
His scintillating outings helped Rennes to a third-place finish in the Ligue 1, taking the French side to their first UEFA Europa League appearance in history.
Mendy kept 13 clean sheets in In 33 appearances across all competitions for the
Les Rennais, while conceding only 31 goals.
Chelsea, who continues to bolster their squad for the forthcoming season, has yesterday announced the signing of Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell for a £50 million fee, while Thiago Silva is expected to be announced a Blue today.
The London club also appears to have made a breakthrough in the hunt for German sensation Kai Havertz.