Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes on a five-year contract after a recommendation from Petr Cech.
The 28-year-old is now officially a Blue after an agreement between Chelsea and Rennes which is reportedly worth £22million (Daily Mail).
Chelsea have had goalkeeping problems for quite some time but according to director Marina Granovskaia, Mendy was the only goalkeeper on their shortlist.
She told Chelsea’s official website: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.
“Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”
Mendy will be the second goalkeeper to join Chelsea from Rennes after Cech who also took the step in 2004.
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Speaking about his transfer, Mendy said: “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 Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.
“I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”
According to Lampard, Mendy will not need to undergo 14-day self-isolation period provided that he passes the Covid-19 tests he will take along with other Chelsea players today.
It means that the fans might only need few days of waiting before seeing the goalkeeper’s Chelsea debut as the Blues will make the trip to West Brom for their Premier League fixture on Saturday (September 26).