Chelsea roared through the football market this summer. He brought everything he wanted. The blues spent 223,000,000 euros on the purchases of Havertz, Werner, Ziyech and Chilwel, they brought Thiago Silva and young Malanga Sar for free, but that is not the end.
Chelsea's strawberry on the whipped cream of the glamorous transfer window will be bringing in a goalkeeper. Since last season, it is obvious that Frank Lampard is looking for a new goalkeeper because he was not satisfied with Kepa Arizabalaga.
The Spanish goalkeeper had the worst percentage of defenses in the entire Premier League last season (only 54.5 percent) and even his teammates lost confidence in him. Chelsea wants to get rid of him, but the problem is his high price and salary of 170,000 pounds a week (almost 10,000,000 euros a year), which is an insurmountable obstacle for all interested clubs, of which there are not many.
Among them are Sevilla and Valencia, which would bring Kepa on loan, but that Chelsea would pay a significant part of their salary. However, even if Kepa stays, Lampard insists on bringing in a goalkeeper and that wish will be fulfilled.
Options for signing
At the beginning of the transfer window, Jan Oblak from Athletic, Dean Henderson from Manchester United, Andre Onana from Ajax, Mike Maignan from Lille were mentioned as options, but for various reasons, they were unfeasible or unconvincing options.
The choice of the new goalkeeper was left to the club legend and one of the directors, Petar Čech. He eventually decided to bring Eduardo Mendy from his former club Rennes. Cech is convinced that Mendy is the best solution, and Lampard and director Granovskia agreed, and Chelsea set out on a mission to bring in a Senegalese goalkeeper.
The first offer of 15,500,000 euros was smoothly rejected in Rennes, but the English media reported today that the second of 20,000,000 euros could soon be accepted. Everything should be known by the end of the week. Although Renes initially pointed out the price of a large 35,000,000 euros, it is clear to them that it is too much for a 28-year-old goalkeeper without a large pedigree.
Mendy was practically anonymous until last summer when he moved from Reims to Rennes for 3,500,000 euros and drew attention to himself in less than a season. He did not defend in the last round of the French championship, and his absence was explained by "personal reasons", which leads to the conclusion that there is a lot of negotiation and that no one wants to jeopardize a big transfer due to a possible injury.
With the bringing of Mendy, Chelsea would complete the team for the next season, although there are small chances for another transfer. If Ngolo Kante goes to Inter who wants him, Frank Lampard will ask the management of the club for the young universal player Declan Rice from West Ham, who can play as a back midfielder or stopper.
However, Rice will not be an easy target because West Ham has no intention of selling it and is trying to drive away all interested buyers with a high price of 60,000,000 euros.