Chelsea tipped to complete deal for Rennes stopper

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Chelsea are enjoying quite the spending spree this summer.

After a year of no transfer activity as part of their ban, Roman Abramovich has loosened the purse strings and unleashed quite the splurge.

Among the list of players to join so far are Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr.

Alongside those players is Kai Havertz, who appears to be edging ever closer to a big-money switch to Stamford Bridge.

That deal would surely wrap up a huge summer in the transfer market, wouldn't it?

Apparently not.

Chelsea are far from done yet.

With those deals all-but done and dusted, attention now turns to signing a new goalkeeper for the season ahead.

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Plenty of names have been linked, most notably Edouard Mendy.

The Rennes goalkeeper is highly-rated at Stamford Bridge with the latest reports claiming that the Blues could go back with a fresh bid.

Those links have cast doubt over the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga, but according to Football London's Oliver Harbord, any deal to sign the Ligue 1 stopper would be with a view to addition competition for places.

Writing in his Q&A for Football London, Harbord said: "Out of all of the goalkeepers right now, it is more likely to be (Edouard) Mendy.

"Replacing Kepa outright is looking less likely, and so Lampard will want a strong number two to put pressure on him.

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"Mendy is liked by Cech and goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, and it could be key."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be another very shrewd addition for Chelsea.

They've strengthened almost every other position in the squad, and this would just about complete the set.

Between the sticks is arguably where the Blues are weakest at the moment, with Kepa looking far from assured.

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He certainly has some work to do to convince Frank Lampard that he deserves his spot.

Edouard Mendy would certainly throw the cat among the pigeons as he would not be coming to west London to warm the bench.

He's a quality goalkeeper who will certainly give the Spaniard plenty to think about.

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