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Chelsea make latest ‘very attractive’ €28m offer for Édouard Mendy — report

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Closer and closer

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The transfer of Édouard Mendy to Chelsea is working its way through the final details, and after the premature fireworks of a €22m agreement, we’re now looking to once again close on a final number.

With Mendy already pulled from the Rennes squad for this weekend’s match — they’re claiming a small “48-hour” injury, but no one’s buying that especially after Mendy was seen leaving the training ground on Friday in his agent’s car — it’s surely just a matter of time. And a matter of an exact price.

Initial reports yesterday claimed that the two teams had managed to agree at €22m, but reports later in the day put that figure in doubt. Today, the word from France (via Sport Witness) is that Chelsea have made a “very attractive” offer of €28m, which Rennes find agreeable. They had reportedly wanted €30m, but their bigger concern now is finding a replacement — previously rumored Rui Costa still looks to be the man for that job, but Rennes apparently want to close on that deal before allowing the Mendy transfer to occur.

The only concern is that the season starts in a couple days, but hopefully we can make do with our current goalkeeping options for now.