Chelsea in talks with Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

Blues switch transfer target after ending interest in Lille's Mike Maignan

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Kaveh Solhekol tells the Transfer Show that Chelsea are in talks with Rennes over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

Chelsea are in talks with Rennes over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after ending their interest in Lille's Mike Maignan.

Maignan was high on Chelsea's list of goalkeepers, with manager Frank Lampard looking to increase competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

However, Lille wanted £32m for the 25-year-old, which was some way higher than the expected £22m valuation of the player.

Maignan is not happy that a deal was not agreed before joining up with the France squad for this weekend's game against Sweden in the Nations League.

Chelsea and Lille could not agree a fee for goalkeeper Mike Maignan
Image: Chelsea and Lille could not agree a fee for goalkeeper Mike Maignan

Petr Cech, Chelsea's technical director, has strong links with Rennes and will have been involved in identifying Mendy as a target.

Chelsea are now expected to put all their efforts into securing a deal, which would see Mendy move to London for a fee of around £18m.

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