Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for a reported fee of £22m, with the goalkeeper penning a five-year deal.

With Kepa Arrizabalaga struggling after a difficult two years in England, with the high profile errors continuing in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool, Blues boss Frank Lampard has moved to strengthen his squad yet further.

Chelsea have spent big this summer by sealing deals for the likes of  Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Hakim Ziyech, and Thiago Silva, with Mendy the latest addition, after serving the transfer ban last summer.

“I am so excited to be joining Chelsea,” Mendy said. It’s a dream to become a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.

After spending three years at Reims, Mendy moved on and joined Rennes ahead of the 2019/20 season. In his first campaign at Roazhon Park, the 28-year-old kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 31 goals in 33 games before the season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time last season before leaving for Chelsea after just one season.

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