Chelsea are reportedly close to signing their seventh summer signing after talks with Rennes over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

According to a report from the Guardian, the Blues have held talks with the Ligue 1 side over a potential £18.2million deal for the 28-year-old.

Despite Frank Lampard has lost faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea have struggled to find potential buyers for the Spain international, the report added, and as a result, they have lowered their sight to more affordable options.

Mendy is reportedly one of those options and despite reports claiming they had their first £14.2m offer turned down, Chelsea have continued negotiations with Rennes.

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The two parties are yet to finalise the deal, but the Guardian claims the deal could see Chelsea pay up to €26m (£23.3m) including add-ons for the Senegal international.

Having reportedly spent over £200m on six new recruitments this summer, including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Ben Chilwell, such a fee to bolster the goalkeeping department which has arguably been the weakest link last season does not sound that bad.

Nimes Olympique V Stade Rennes

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Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol also said Chelsea technical and performance advisor Petr Cech is also a fan of Mendy.

“He [Cech] expects Mendy to become a Chelsea player, maybe this week, for a fee which is likely to be around £20m mark,” he added.

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