Chelsea have completed their signing of Edouard Mendy, according to Fabrizio Romano, who states the deal is 100 per cent done and signed.
Romano reports Chelsea will officially announce the signing next week.
It will come as good news for Chelsea, who lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool today, with Kepa Arrizabalaga at total fault for the Reds second goal
Chelsea are set to confirm the transfer of Edouard Mendy next week.Frank Lampard has been keen to bring goalkeeper after watching Kepa Arrizabalaga struggle last season, during which he was forced to hand starts to Willy Caballero.The Spain international made another glaring error during the defeat to Liverpool by gifting a goal to Sadio Mane which doubled the advantage of Jurgen Klopp’s visitors.in
Mendy now looks set to move to Stamford Bridge from Rennes in a deal worth around £20m, and it could be announced shortly after they disappointing performance in the home defeat.
(Image: Getty Images)Fabrizio Romano reported on Sunday that the deal was 100 per cent done, and would be announced in the new week.
Speaking while on commentary for Sky Sports, Gary Neville gave the credit to Mane for his reaction to losing the ball rather than the mistake by Kepa.
Neville said: “He does everything you would want a football player to do on the ball and off the ball. He gives the ball away. And look at that reaction to giving the ball away; the anger, the anticipation.
“Forget Kepa we know he takes a chance. Mane knows he takes a chance. It’s brilliant from the Liverpool forward.”
Lampard was defiant over the future of Kepa following last week’s 3-1 win over Brighton, after the stopper was questioned for his failure to keep a clean sheet.
The former Derby boss said: “I am very happy with Kepa.
“With the shot I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better. But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing.
“Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea and it goes throughout the squad.”
Former England stopper Rob Green has since told the Football Show when asked about Kepa’s future: “I believe in Kepa’s ability.
“I believe he has what it takes to be a top-class goalkeeper. He’s a brilliant guy and both emotionally and mentally he had to settle in to playing in England on his own at a young age.
“It’s a big ask and there are periods as a goalkeeper when you spend a lot of the time on your own.
“As a young man, he spends a lot of his time in London on his own and away from his family. So when things get tough, it will eat away at him.