Chelsea have signed Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on a five-year deal.
Chelsea has completed the signing of 28-year-old Senegalese international Edouard Mendy who made 25 league appearances for the Ligue 1 side Rennes after joining from Reims in 2019. He completed his medical on Tuesday, with manager Frank Lampard having said he wants to increase competition with club record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, who cost £71m.
According to the manager, he said: “I’m so excited to be joining Chelsea,” Mendy said. “It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad.” Kepa was at fault for Liverpool’s second goal in the 2-0 league defeat by Liverpool on Sunday, which was described as “a clear mistake” by Lampard.
The Spanish international was also dropped last season after errors in games. That included the FA Cup final, when the 25-year-old was replaced by second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who is 38. Last season for Rennes, Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 appearances, compared to Kepa’s eight cleans sheets in 33 Premier League appearances. Mendy’s save percentage was 76.3% and he conceded a goal every 114 minutes. Kepa’s save percentage was 53.5%, conceding a goal every 63 minutes.