Chelsea are close to signing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, with reports claiming the 28 year old Senegalese international has completed his Chelsea medical.
Mendy will be Chelsea’s 7th major signing this summer following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz.
According to Football London, Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia has made a decision on Chelsea’s next transfer with the Blues set to complete the signing of Mendy from Rennes.
Granovskaia is reportedly set to make a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice this summer after the Blues complete the signing of Mendy from Rennes.
Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the last few months, and according to reports, Chelsea will focus on a bid for the former Blues youth player once the Mendy deal is over the line.
West Ham David Moyes confirmed last week that the Hammers have had no bids or enquiries from Chelsea for Rice.
“It was always the plan, there was no intention to lose Declan Rice,” Moyes said before his side lost 2-0 to Newcastle on the opening day of the season.
“We have had no bids and no enquiries. There is a lot of speculation but I can only tell you what I know.
“I wouldn’t want to lose him anyway because he is too big a player for us, he is too important and a big part of the squad.
“He’s been captain already, I think he is learning a lot of leadership from Mark Noble, so I hope in the future we will have an incredibly talented footballer with great leadership skills and will be the captain of West Ham.
Asked if it would take ‘Bank of England’ money to prise him away, Moyes added: “Well I hope that is the case. We have still got a long way to go in the window, maybe somebody has the Bank of England but nobody has shown that.”