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Official: Chelsea sign Édouard Mendy from Stade Rennais

New goalkeeper alert!

Stade de Reims v Amiens SC - French Ligue 1 Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Chelsea’s head-turning summer of spending continues with the arrival of a new goalkeeper, to help compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga for the starting position.

The Blues have, at long last, today confirmed the signing of Édouard Mendy from Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais, who joins on a five-year deal for a transfer fee in the region of €20-25m (plus some add-ons). He is the sixth major first-team signing of the transfer window as Chelsea make up for lost time and the transfer ban by taking advantage of a pandemic-depressed market.

Mendy may not be a household name (yet), but he has the metrics to back up his fee and our expectations. The goalkeeper position was one of our greatest sources of weakness last season and hopefully the 28-year-old can help fix that. He should be available to play this weekend.

For what it’s worth, sixteen years ago, Chelsea signed another goalkeeper from Rennes, and he turned out pretty okay, we daresay. And while that makes us feel old, it also sets a solid precedent for Mendy to follow, to say the least. Incidentally, that man is now the sporting director advisor and he reportedly led the effort to sign Mendy. If Big Pete is happy, we’re happy.

Welcome, Édouard. Let’s win some things!

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