Report: Rennes eye replacement as Chelsea close in on Edouard Mendy deal

Rennes are reportedly eyeing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola as they are reportedly resigned to losing Edouard Mendy to Chelsea.

According to a report from French outlet L’equipe, the Ligue 1 side are looking to sign Areola, who just returned from his loan spell at Real Madrid, as a potential replacement for their current first-choice goalkeeper Mendy.

The report added that there is no doubt the 28-year-old will head to Chelsea following contact between the two clubs.

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The previous report from the Guardian claimed that Chelsea were preparing a second bid of €20million (£17.9m) after having their first €16m (£14.2m) offer rejected by Rennes.

Both Chelsea technical and performance advisor Petr Cech and goalkeeping department chief Christophe Lollichon have connections with Rennes as a former player and a former goalkeeping coach respectively.

However, it is Lollichon who is reportedly a big fan of Mendy and made the recommendation for the Senegal international.

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Cech has hinted at potential new goalkeeper himself in a recent interview, although he also emphasized that Chelsea have not given up on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

He told “A certain addition to the staff will definitely take place, perhaps even on the goalkeeper post, but all this is being solved.

“However, no one is breaking a stick over Kepa. We all hope for his great future.”

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