Word stemming from the English media this weekend suggests that Chelsea’s negotiations for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have reached a ‘crucial’ point.
The situation between the posts proved a major source of concern at Chelsea once again this past season.
After finally beginning to showcase the kind of form to suggest that he was ready to justify his hefty price-tag towards the business end of the 2018/19 campaign, Kepa Arrizabalaga took considerable steps in the wrong direction this time around.
The former Athletic Bilbao man looked shaky throughout the campaign, struggling both from a shot-stopping perspective, and to command his area.
In fact, so frequent were Kepa’s mistake-riddled displays over the months leading up to the turn of the year, that they even resulted in him losing his place in Chelsea’s starting XI to veteran Willy Caballero.
Come the campaign’s close, meanwhile, it was revealed that the Spaniard was the owner of the worst save percentage in the Premier League in 2019/20:
Kepa finished the Premier League season with the lowest save % in the league. 53.5%. The 2nd worst was Jordan Pickford with a 62.7% save percentage. #CFC
— CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) July 27, 2020
As such, question marks surrounding Kepa’s situation at Stamford Bridge have inevitably begun to mount of late.
In turn, meanwhile, the Blues have inevitably also been linked with a number of potential additions between the posts.
And, as outlined above, if the latest speculation in the media this afternoon is to be believed, then a deal for one such target appears to be inching closer to completion.
The shot-stopper in question? Rennes’ Edouard Mendy.
As per a report from journalist Kevin Palmer of the likes of TEAMtalk and the Sunday World, negotiations between Chelsea and the Ligue 1 outfit have reached a ‘crucial stage’.
This, in turn, could see Mendy represent the ‘next big arrival’ at Stamford Bridge.
Significantly, though, it is also added that the Senegalese international is not Chelsea’s only goalkeeping target this summer:
I’m hearing that Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy could be the next big arrival at Chelsea as talks reach a crucial stage… but he is not their only goalkeeper option this summer #CFC pic.twitter.com/0H8TG11NNm
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) September 5, 2020