Chelsea signs goalkeeper Mendy after Kepa’s costly mistakes

AP – Chelsea has signed goalkeeper Édouard Mendy to take its summer transfer window spending over USD280 million, putting the future starting position of Kepa Arrizabalaga in doubt.

The 28-year-old Mendy has joined from French side Rennes, the club said yesterday, for a reported fee of GBP22 million (USD27.75 million) on a five-year contract.

Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he was signed by Chelsea in 2018 for GBP80 million (then USD93 million). But his errors in games have become increasingly costly for Chelsea — the latest in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the second match of the Premier League season.

The need to sign Mendy was overseen by Petr Cech, the former Chelsea goalkeeper turned technical director. Cech also joined Chelsea from Rennes, 16 years ago.

“As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Édouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in,” Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia said. “Édouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”

The Senegal international helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time for this season.

Chelsea’s third goalkeeper is the 38-year-old Willy Caballero.

Goalkeeper Édouard Mendy. PHOTO: AP