Edouard Mendy’s agent, Djily Dieng, has said his client is close to completing his transfer to Chelsea despite Rennes’ goalkeeping problems.

The Senegalese goalkeeper has returned to training with the rest of his teammates after missing their Ligue 1 fixture against Nimes.

His absence sparked questions about the 28-year-old’s reported move to Stamford Bridge.

However, according to Dieng, of London-based Extra Time Sports UK, Mendy could be a Chelsea player “very soon”, although some final details remain unresolved.

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The agent told Senegalese newspaper Stades (via Le Telegramme and Lateranga): “Only the formalisation remains.

“It could be done even tomorrow (Thursday) if all goes well.

“Afterwards, the player will come to finalise everything, including having his medical examination.”

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Le Telegramme’s report also quoted Rennes head coach Julien Stephan regarding his club’s goalkeeping situation.

As previously reported Romain Salin, who came in as Mendy’s replacement last weekend, suffered a minor injury and the manager will have to make a decision over their goalkeeping situation ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Monaco.

Speaking about Salin, the head coach said: “He is recovering from his little concern in Nîmes.

“A decision will be made tomorrow, as for all players, since we passed the covid test this Thursday morning.”


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Asked whether Mendy would start, Stephan said the Senegal international was “psychologically very good”.

Considering they have yet to sign a replacement, Rennes might look to delay the goalkeeper’s departure, at least until Salin’s injury concerns are resolved.

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