Chelsea to set higher offer for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

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Chelsea is reportedly set to come back with a higher offer for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after seeing the French outfit reject an opening bid of €16 m ( £ 14.2 m).

Despite having already invested a great deal with the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and Ben Chilwell, it is still said that a new goalkeeper would be on the list for Blues boss Frank Lampard.

The manager of Chelsea reportedly lost confidence in the current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga after a series of mistaken results last season, and it is assumed that Lampard described Mendy as a suitable cut-price alternative to Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.

The Guardian, however, says that Rennes won’t be bullied into a sale and Chelsea is planning a second € 20 m ( £ 17.8 m) bid for the Senegal player.

The article also states that the Ligue 1 outfit is looking to take Blues defender Fikayo Tomori on loan for the new season, but there is no suggestion as to whether the 22-year-old will be used as part of a Mendy contract and Rennes is keen to keep the shot-stopper irrespective.

Also listed as possible replacements for Kepa at Stamford Bridge were Lille’s Mike Maignan and Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola.

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