Frank Lampard said Edouard Mendy has passed his Chelsea medical and his transfer from Rennes is close to being done.
Willy Caballero kept Chelsea’s first clean-sheet this season in the 6-0 win over Barnsley on Wednesday.
The Argentina international had to make a few important saves in that game and Lampard is certainly happy to have him as a back-up goalkeeper.
Performance-wise, Caballero should arguably be ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga in the pecking order, but to rely on a player who will turn 39 in a few days (on September 28) for a whole season would be a bit too much.
To put it into perspective, Caballero is a few months older than Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech himself.
Lampard would likely have a new goalkeeper in matter of days, though, as he confirmed yesterday.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lampard told the media (via Chelsea’s 5th stand app): “With Mendy, I think the medical is done but I don’t want to give any confirmation to that until I’ve seen him in the next 24 hours or so.
“But it seems like that one is on the verge of being done soon.”
Lampard previously suggested that Mendy would not need to undergo 14-day self-isolation period upon his UK entrance and could be ready to play as soon as all parties involved complete the final details of the imminent transfer.
It means we could even see him in goal in Chelsea’s next away Premier League fixture against West Brom on Saturday.