Chelsea on the brink of signing Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

The London club have agreed on a deal with Rennes to sign shot-stopper Edouard Mendy. Edouard is wanted by Blues boss to increase contest with club-record £71m addition Kepa Arrizabalaga. Spain international was at fault for Merseyside club’s second goal in the 2-0 PL defeat on Sunday, which was described as “a clear mistake” by Frank Lampard.

Kepa was also dropped last campaign after errors in matches. That included the FA Cup final, where the Spaniard was replaced by second-choice shot-stopper Willy Caballero, who is 38. Following the defeat at home to champions Liverpool, Frank said Caballero would start the Carabao Cup tie with Barnsley at London on Wednesday.

Last campaign for the French club, Senegal international kept nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 games, compared to Kepa’s eight cleans sheets in 33 PL games. Frank Lampard is correct that he must support his shot-stopper.

Perhaps the best way of helping rebuild his confidence is by allowing him to do so in private, away from the constant focus and dissection of a PL match. Mendy’s arrival will certainly not be a panacea, but the 28-year-old shot-stopper offers what Willy Caballero does not, viable, long term contest for the Spanish goalkeeper.

Whenever Frank Lampard turned to Willy Caballero in the PL last campaign there was a sense that it would not be too long before Spain international, the world’s most expensive shot-stopper, returned given the former Man City man’s age and ability to make a mistake or two of his own.