Rennes captain Damien da Silva said goalkeeper Edouard Mendy deserves a potential summer move amid reported Chelsea interest.
The Blues have reportedly been in talks with the Ligue 1 side over a 28million (£25m) including add-ons for the 28-year-old, after having their first €20m (£18m) bid rejected.
Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech, who also played for Rennes, is reportedly a big fan of the shot-stopper and Mendy could be brought in to compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No.1 spot.
Mendy’s Rennes teammate Da Silva has admitted that they are resigned to losing the Senegal International this summer although, from their standpoint, they would like to keep their goalkeeper.
“We are a little selfish, we don’t want to lose Edouard Mendy,” he told Telefoot on Tuesday.
“But it’s part of football and the transfer market.
“He’s a great goalkeeper who deserves what happens to him.”
As things stand, Mendy is still Rennes’ goalkeeper and Frank Lampard has two options for Chelsea’s first fixture for the new season against Brighton on Monday: Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.
The latter was given the nod to start in Chelsea’s last few competitive games, including two defeats in the FA Cup final and the Champions League round of 16, which suggests Lampard’s lack of confidence in Arrazabalaga.
That said, the Spain international made the starting line-up for Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Brighton on August 29.