The protracted last few steps in Chelsea’s acquisition of Édouard Mendy could finally be done soon, with the goalkeeper’s agent confirming in an interview yesterday that an agreement between the two teams is at long last in place and the business aspects of the deal could be finalized perhaps as soon as today.
“The two parties have come to an agreement. All that’s left is the formalisation. It could even be done tomorrow, if all goes well.
“Afterwards, the player himself will come to finalise everything, including having his medical examination.”
-Djily Dieng; source: Stade via Metro
The deal is expected cost Chelsea around £20m (€22m), presumably with a few million in potential bonuses and add-ons as well.
The 28-year-old had recently returned to training with Rennes after sitting out over the weekend, but is apparently ready to fly to London at a moment’s notice. It’s unclear if he’ll have to go through a 14-day quarantine, as he would be required if he were a normal traveler from France arriving in the UK.
Meanwhile, Rennes head coach Julien Stéphan paid tribute to his goalkeeper’s attitude throughout this uncertain ordeal, but is now looking for a quick resolution.
As are we, Julien, as are we.
“The ideal is to come to a final decision quickly, one way or another, but there is no problem with Edouard, he’s a top guy, he poses no problems, in fact the opposite.”
“This morning again in training he was a driving force, he communicates with everyone, he talks a lot, he is still the leader in the changing room. IDK what will happen, if it happens, well much the better for him, but his behavior here is fantastic.”