Chelsea have completed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes on a five-year deal.
Mendy becomes the seventh signing for Chelsea following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz.
He will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero to be the club’s No 1.
“I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.” Mendy told the club website.
The 28-year-old kept nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 appearances last season with Rennes, helping them to finish third and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
He follows in the footsteps of Petr Cech who made the same move from Rennes to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004.
Kepa has started the season as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper but made a mistake for Brighton’s goal in the Blues’ 3-1 opening-weekend win and was at fault for one of Liverpool’s strikes in the champions’ 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
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