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Rennes ‘have not succeeded’ in adding Tomori or Giroud to the Mendy deal — report

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Are we done yet?

Lille OSC v Stade Rennais - Ligue 1 Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

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.

(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.)

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.