Frank Lampard has already made five signings this summer, but he wants more to improve the squad.
Chelsea are perhaps the only club making positive headlines as far as the summer transfer window is concerned. Their business has been so good that even the rivals are pressurized to try for more signings.
Liverpool won the title as one of the teams with ridiculously low transfer spending. Michael Owen after the win had suspected that the team hardly needed new signings. But as Chelsea announced 2 signings on a single day, the Kopites have got all the more impatient.
However, the scary part remains – Frank isn’t done here. The Blues are looking for a goalkeeper to replace Kepa Arrizabagala. In the last few months, they have inquired about Burnley’s Nick Pope to Dean Henderson from Manchester United. The latest, however, is about Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as they gain reticence in this transfer.
Chelsea and Rennes’ love-affair
Chelsea extracted their best goalkeeper in recent times from this Ligue 1 side – Petr Cech. The Czech Republic and Chelsea legend arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 for £7 million. Since then, he has won multiple golden gloves and has the greatest number of clean sheets in Premier League history.
Mendy, however, isn’t as great as of now. However, he has his fair share of feathers in his cap. Born to African parents, Mendy chose to play for his home country Senegal, rather than migrating to France. He has 8 caps to date for Senegal.
Rising through Cherbourg and Marseille’s B team, Mendy’s price burgeoned after his impressive spell with Rennes. The Ligue 1 side earned their first Champions League spot this year with him between the sticks. Naturally, he is an asset to this team’s historic feat, meaning, they will look to cling on to him.
Edouard Mendy has had a better second season last year, conceding just 0.71 goals per game as compared to 1.05 the previous year. He has improved on his discipline too, halving his booking frequency from 0.08 to 004 per game. (source: Footystats)
Frank Lampard expressed his interest in the keeper with an initial offer of £15 million on the table. The Senegalese, who has a contract till 2023 was obviously going to cost more as the offer was rejected. As a result, Chelsea has submitted an improved bid of £18 million for the keeper.
What Happens to Kepa?
Former Chelsea stopper Mark Bosnich may not have a memorable exit from the club, but he was quite right about Kepa. Talking to Sky Sports, he said, “I think it’s quite evident from what we’ve seen, and the fact that he didn’t play in that last game of the season, that he will be on his way.”
Frank has preferred 39-year-old Willy Caballero multiple times over the Spaniard. The former Athletic Bilbao man may be the club’s record signing then, but his time looks clearly up. Given Abramovic’s fiscal muscle, he may rope in another keeper to loan him out.
Chelsea has already roped in Timo Werne, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Malang Sarr in this window itself. La Liga side Sevilla has been eyeing Kepa to boost their goalkeeping options. If a deal for a goalkeeper happens, Kepa may well be off to his home country after just 2 years in England.