Chelsea confirm Edouard Mendy transfer from Rennes for £22m putting Kepa's future under Lampard in huge doubt

CHELSEA have completed the £22million signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

The 28-year-old has agreed a five-year deal with the Premier League giants to take Chelsea's summer spending to £22m.

It will throw current No1 Kepa's future up in the air after a series of clangers in recent months.

The latest of these came in the 2-0 defeat by champions Liverpool on Sunday.

The Spaniard, signed for a world record fee for a keeper of £72m, even lost his place to veteran Willy Caballero towards the end of last season.

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Mendy told the Blues' website: "I am so excited to be joining Chelsea.

"It's a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with [manager] Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.

"I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can't wait to get started."

Mendy, who stands at 6ft 6in, helped Rennes finish third in Ligue 1 last season to secure Champions League football for the first time in their history.

He becomes Chelsea’s SEVENTH signing of the summer.

And it means Lampard will have spent £222m, even though two of those seven players arrived for free.

Centre-backs Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr were snapped up for nothing from Paris Saint-Germain and Nice respectively.

Hakim Ziyech cost £36m to sign from Ajax, with £45m spent on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.

Meanwhile, Chelsea paid £47m to release Timo Werner from his RB Leipzig contract.

They then matched their club transfer record by shelling out £72m on Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz – the same fee they spent on flop goalie Kepa two years ago.

 

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