Frank Lampard said Edouard Mendy could complete his Chelsea transfer from Rennes very soon and would not need to quarantine upon arrival.
The long-awaited transfer which may well be the final piece of the jigsaw for Chelsea this summer is now on the horizon.
Chelsea have agreed a deal worth a reported £22million (Goal) with Rennes and subject to his medical, Mendy could join his new teammates by Thursday, according to Lampard.
Speaking in Tuesday’s press conference, he told the media (via Chelsea’s official website): “He’s having a medical as we speak.
“Subject to that being okay later on, he will become our player at that point.”
The Chelsea also manager also said Mendy would not need to undergo a 14-day self-isolation period following his entrance to the UK and implied the Senegal international could be ready for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against West Brom.
“As far as I’m aware, as long as he passes his tests before he travels, he will be tested with us on Thursday collectively as a team,” he added.
“And if that is negative then he will be available to play.”
Lampard also specifically speaks about the positive impact he hopes Mendy could bring on Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spain international has been under heavy criticism after his error which resulted in Liverpool’s second goal in their 2-0 loss last Sunday.
“With Mendy coming in, it’s more competition so every reaction will have to be positive around that for Kepa and for Mendy to push to try and play in this team,” Lampard explained.
Given the transfer is yet to be official, it is perhaps a bit too soon to guess whether Mendy would start in goal for the weekend’s game.
Based on Arrizabalaga’s recent performances, though, you could never rule it out.