Chelsea target Mendy asks to leave Rennes as transfer set to be completed

Chelsea expect to complete the £18m signing of Edouard Mendy in the next few days after Rennes confirmed he has asked to leave.

Senegal goalkeeper Mendy wants to join the Blues and talks between the clubs over the 28-year-old are now in the final stages.

Chelsea want Mendy to come in and put pressure on Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is staying at Stamford Bridge despite boss Frank Lampard ’s doubts about the Spaniard.

Rennes president Nicolas Holveck said: "Discussions have started with Chelsea for Édouard Mendy.

"I can understand his desire, he told us he wants to leave. But for now there is no agreement and for a transfer you need an agreement of the three parties."

Rennes rejected a bid of £14m for Mendy but the deal is expected to go through after Chelsea made a second offer which could rise above £18m with add-ons.

The French club have already lined up his replacement in Granada’s Rui Silva, paving the way for his exit.

Joining Chelsea would represent a huge change in fortunes for Mendy, who had to queue at a French job centre five years ago after his contract expired with French fourth tier side Cherbourg.

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Speaking about that last year, Mendy said: "Now, I savour every training session. We are truly privileged. In football we live in a cocoon. People are at our service.

"We don’t necessarily realise that we are being pampered. But as soon as we have to go to the job centre, as I did, and we’re confronted with real life, it can be hard.

"For a football player or anybody else, being unemployed is like getting slapped across the face.

"Repeated failures leave marks on you, and you start thinking that maybe you are not made for it."

Chelsea have already spent well over £200m this window, their most expensive ever, and Mendy is expected to be their last signing.

The Blues are also keen to offload players, with Fikayo Tomori close to a loan move to Everton and Michy Batshuayi on his way to back to Crystal Palace on loan.

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