Despite earlier reports claiming that Édouard Mendy is close to signing for Chelsea, his current club, Rennes are seemingly still not content with Chelsea’s offer(s).
While Rennes were initially asking for an exorbitant €40m as well as an even more absurd proposition of getting Olivier Giroud on loan in return, they have seemingly lowered their demands, with the final price probably at the lower end of the €20m to €30m range, although negotiations are still said to be ongoing.
According to RMC Sport, there is optimism about a forthcoming conclusion, with Mendy already agreed on a 5-year contract with the Blues, and only waiting for the final green light to come to London.
According to Telefoot however, Rennes have now asked for Fikayo Tomori in return as well — a not outrageous demand, but one that once again complicates things. While not explicitly stated, it can be assumed that any transfer involving Tomori would only be a loan deal.
Édouard Mendy returned to training with Rennes today - still no agreement found with Chelsea - SRFC are now seeking to include Fikayo Tomori in the deal. https://t.co/Bp6tasbDsH— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 15, 2020
Along with Everton, Rennes have been one of the clubs to have shown a long-term interest in the 22-year-old. Tomori, who did not make the bench in our match against Brighton (Rüdiger did), is the likeliest of the Chelsea centre backs to depart. Rennes could be the perfect place for him to develop, with a much better chance of breaking into the first-team than over at Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.