According to the latest rumblings from France, Stade Rennais have been unable to convince Chelsea to add either Fikayo Tomori or Olivier Giroud to the deal that will bring Édouard Mendy to the Bridge someday soon.
While personal terms have been agreed for some time with the 28-year-old goalkeeper, negotiations between the two clubs have dragged on for a bit too long for anyone’s liking at this point. Initial suggestions put that down to Rennes wanting to secure a replacement first — they still haven’t signed Rui Silva from from Granada, for what it’s worth, and may have to go with Kevin Trapp instead — but more recent reports have focused on Rennes wanting to get something other than just cash in return. They’ve been eyeing Olivier Giroud or Fikayo Tomori on loan, but it looks like they won’t be getting either.
Breaking | L'Équipe now anticipate that Chelsea & Rennes' agreement for Édouard Mendy will be concluded at around the €25m mark. They suggest that attempts to include Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori in the deal have not succeeded.— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 18, 2020
(It should be noted that Tomori has apparently packed up his things at Cobham yesterday, which could indicate an impending loan move for him, as expected ... though he could very well be joining Everton instead of going to France.)
Looks like Tomori's off somewhere. Rennes wanted him before Mendy pursuit, wouldn't surprise me if he went there whether its part of the deal or not.@Jay13Silva sent me these, he's working in Cobham today, Fikayo allegedly moving out! pic.twitter.com/2yxPtXCXAj— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) September 18, 2020
As annoying as this deal has turned out to be, Chelsea are very much in need of a new goalkeeper, and Mendy looks to be a solid option in that regard. Hopefully, he will have been worth the wait and the effort.