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Chelsea sign goalkeeper Mendy

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:08 AM
In this file photo from August 2019, Rennes’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy punts the ball during their Ligue 1 match against Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Eastern France.
In this file photo from August 2019, Rennes’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy punts the ball during their Ligue 1 match against Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Eastern France.

Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Édouard Mendy to take their summer transfer window spending over £220 million, putting the future starting position of Kepa Arrizabalaga in doubt.

Mendy, 28 years old, has joined from French side Rennes on a five-year contract, the club said yesterday, for a reported fee of £22 million.

Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he was signed by Chelsea in 2018 for €80 million (then £71.6 million). But his errors in games have become increasingly costly for Chelsea, the latest in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the second match of the English Premier League season on Sunday.

The need to sign Mendy was overseen by Petr Cech, the former Chelsea goalkeeper-turned-technical director. Cech also joined Chelsea from Rennes, 16 years ago.

“As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Édouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said. “Édouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”

The Senegal international helped Rennes qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time for this season.

Chelsea’s third goalkeeper is the 38-year-old Willy Caballero.

AP