London giants Chelsea have dominated the transfer market away this window. After completing the signing of Morocco star Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, the Blues went ahead and signed Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, and Kai Havertz.
They are now close to replacing £72m transfer flop Kepa in goal with a Ligue 1 goalkeeper.
Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Senegal international goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in the coming days, according to the Telegraph.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the 28-year old, with the transfer being driven by club legend and arguably the greatest keeper in the clubs history Petr Cech – who now serve as a performance advisor.
Frank Lampard’s side who finished in fourth-place in the Premier League last season have heavily been linked with a move for Cameroon and AFC Ajax stopper Andre Onana. But with their recent struggles to offloads struggling goalkeeper Kepa – the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time – Mendy has emerged as their primary target.
Chelsea previously tabled a €20m (£18/$24m) bid to the Breton side resisted the offer to let their No.1 depart for such fee having qualified for the 2020/21 Champions league season.
The London-based outfit are now willing to push for any fee up to €28-million (£25m/$33m) before bonuses in order to reach an agreement with Rennes before the end of this week as they prepare for a 2020/21 season.
The Senegal international has kept 13 clean sheets in 34 games for the French outfit since his €4-million arrival from Stade Reims.