Edouard Mendy becomes Chelsea’s seventh new arrival this transfer window as he joins in £22m deal from Rennes… as boss Frank Lampard finally signs goalkeeping replacement for under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga to take his summer spending over £250m
- Chelsea completed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes on Thursday
- The 28-year-old has joined in a £22million deal and is set to be Chelsea’s No 1
- Blues boss Frank Lampard has grown frustrated at Kepa Arrizabalaga’s mistakes
It’s seventh heaven for Chelsea with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy the latest arrival at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old has joined the Blues in a £22million transfer from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes – in what will be a major boost to manager Frank Lampard.
Mendy, who has signed a five-year contract, is now expected to become Chelsea’s No 1 with Lampard increasingly frustrated at Kepa Arrizabalaga’s high-profile mistakes.
Eduoard Mendy is now a Chelsea player having completed his £22million transfer from Rennes
Frank Lampard has landed his goalkeeping target as he looks to improve Chelsea’s defence
Kepa Arrizabalaga is the Blues current No 1 but he is much-maligned after several mistakes
Chelsea conceded 54 goals in 38 Premier League games last season and Lampard wants Mendy to help eradicate such a poor record.
‘I am so excited to be joining Chelsea,’ Mendy told the club’s official website.
‘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.’
His arrival takes Chelsea’s outlay this summer beyond £250m following the purchases of Hakim Ziyech (£38m), Timo Werner (£53m), Ben Chilwell (£50m), Malang Sarr (free), Thiago Silva (free) and Kai Havertz (£89m).
On signing Mendy, Chelsea director 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.’
Forwards Hakim Ziyech (left) and Timo Werner were the first Chelsea arrivals this summer
Left back Ben Chilwell (centre) joined from top-four rivals Leicester City in a £50m deal
Malang Sarr (right) is one of three defenders to have joined Chelsea this summer
Veteran centre back Thiago Silva (right) made his debut for Chelsea on Wednesday night
Kai Havertz, who cost Chelsea a club-record £89m, scored a hat-trick against Barnsley
Mendy’s arrival takes Chelsea manager Lampard’s spending this summer to over £250m