Chelsea have completed their transfer of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on a five year deal. The goalkeeper made 25 league appearances last season for Rennes after joining them from Reimis in 2019.
The Senegalise international completed his medical on Tuesday after the clubs agreed a £22 million transfer. “I’m so excited to be joining Chelsea,” Mendy said. “It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad.”
Chelsea have been looking for a new goalkeeper since club record signing Kepa was blamed for many errors over the course of last season. The Spanish international was dropped towards the back end of last season, but has regained his spot as Chelsea’s number one for the last two matches but errors have followed him in those games.
Last season for Rennes, Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 appearances, compared to Kepa’s eight cleans sheets in 33 Premier League appearances. Mendy’s save percentage was 76.3% and he conceded a goal every 114 minutes. Kepa’s save percentage was 53.5%, conceding a goal every 63 minutes. However, Kepa’s passing accuracy was 79.7% compared to Mendy’s 70.1%.
Mendy, who has eight international caps, becomes Frank Lampard’s eighth signing of the transfer window. He follows in the footsteps of former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who joined the Blues from Rennes in 2004 and is now the club’s technical and performance advisor.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in. Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”