It was exactly a month ago that Chelsea’s interest in Rennes goalkeeper Édouard Mendy was first reported. Since then, we’ve had at least two bids, at least three attempts from Rennes to include a player in return, at least four medicals, and more agreements than we care to count, including one from the Rennes head coach himself. The reported fee has fluctuated anywhere between €20m and €30m, with the base rate in the lower end of the range and (most of) the rest made up by potential bonuses and add-ons.
Basically, no one knows anything.
That said, we can be pretty certain that the 28-year-old will be arriving shortly. The question is simply how much longer we have to wait, especially after Kepa’s second howler in just as many games, and this latest one against Liverpool leaving no doubt that he should not be our starting goalkeeper at this time.
According to transfer-whisperer Mohamed Bouhafsi, we won’t have to wait too long now, thanks to the newest agreement and newest medical plans, which for some reason may be done in Berlin? (Other Twitter ITKs are claiming Italy because why not?) If we’re worried about COVID-19 regulations, how is having a medical in another country going to help?
Finally !!! Done deal ! Rennes and #Chelsea have just finalized their agreement for #Mendy.— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) September 21, 2020
24M€ + 6M€ bonuses. Record for a goalkeeper sale in league 1. 5 year contract. The player will now undergo the medical examination in Berlin due to covid regulations in England !
At this point, we’re all better off just waiting for the official announcements from Chelsea and Rennes.