Premier League side Chelsea FC are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Édouard Mendy from Rennes.
A lot has been said of Frank Lampard’s desire of getting a new keep following the dwindling form of Kepa and after being linked with the likes of Andre Onana, Jan Oblak and even Dean Henderson, Lampard seems to have settled on Mendy.
Chelsea have already brought in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr this summer and Mendy could be the latest to join the team.
But what do we know about the 28-year-old?
It is good to note that Mendy has never played football outside France and brings just two seasons of Ligue 1 experience to the table.
He has been with Rennes since the start of the 2018/19 season and though he was born in France, he represents Senegal at international level and was part of the team that finished second in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
His journey has been a thrilling one having signed his first professional deal at the age of 24 after being rejected by many clubs earlier in his career. His biggest setback being in 2014 when he was released by French fourth-tier side Cherbourg. He has admitted in previous interviews that after the setback, he considered quitting football altogether and even found himself queuing at the local jobcentre.
But his urge of not giving up saw him feature for Marseille's B side in 2015 before finally getting his chance to shine with Reims, where he signed his first professional contract in 2016.
He was part of the Rennes team that made history by qualifying for the Champions League last season.
💪 Strengths & Weaknesses
A lot has been said about the keepers’ ability but according to French football expert Kristen Collie, Mendy is commanding in the box, especially when it comes to dealing with crosses.
According to stats from 90 Min, in 2019/20, he managed a 78.4% save percentage - the third-best in Ligue 1.
However, he isn't the most consistent of goalkeepers and did cost Rennes a Europa League tie with Cluj-a game which he was sent off in after just five minutes.
He failed to deal with an onrushing forward and ultimately sent his opponent flying to the ground, clearly not comfortable dealing with that kind of situation. His management of one-on-ones will also need to improve.