Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

Word stemming from the English media this weekend suggests that Chelsea’s negotiations for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have reached a ‘crucial’ point.

Kepa’s struggles

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:

Mendy incoming?

As such, question marks surrounding Kepa’s situation at Stamford Bridge have inevitably begun to mount of late.

The likes of Valencia and Sevilla have been tipped as potential summer landing spots for the Spaniard, with a two-year loan move to the former having even been touted.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea tries to shield the ball so that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga can gather the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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:

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