Chelsea’s Technical and Performance Advisor Petr Cech has confirmed that the Blues are looking to sign a new goalkeeper as they seek to provide competition for current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.
There has been speculation that the London club would look to offload their record signing after a poor season, which saw him dropped twice by manager Frank Lampard, but Cech insists that while a new keeper is likely to be brought in, they are planning to keep hold of Kepa as well:
“Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable but the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful. Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now. But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.”
Chelsea have already had one bid of €16m (£14.3m) for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy turned down but it is believed the Blues have submitted a second offer for the 28-year-old in the region of €20m (£18m).
The Senegalese international has been recommended by head of goalkeeping Christophe Lollichon who believes the shot-stopper has what it takes to provide stern competition for Kepa. Whether the club’s new bid is accepted or not, we shall have to wait and see.