KEY POINTS

  • Petr Cech had hand in the Mendy acquisition
  • Mendy arrival spells bad news for Kepa
  • Kepa could go down in pecking order of Blues goalkeeping

Edouard Mendy is only a medical away from officially being a Chelsea FC player and this could happen anytime soon. The 28-year-old is already having his medical and an official announcement should be made soon.

Though they were believed to be bent on fending off interest for the Senegal goalkeeper, Sky Sports reported that Stade Rennais FC agreed to a $28 million deal for Mendy with Chelsea FC. With the imminent signing, questions are now raised on what lies ahead for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has been under fire as of late, committing one error after another. The last one was unforgivable. Kepa had a miscued pass that found Sadio Mane in their last match. That led to a score, allowing Liverpool to take a 2-0 lead.

Despite committing yet another mistake, Frank Lampard came to the defense of Kepa. He admits it was a clear mistake but it is his job to keep the confidence of his players high. Much of this was covered in a previous post.

As for Mendy, it appears there was someone who played a key role in bringing in the Senegal goalkeeper to Stamford Bridge. Petr Cech had a hand in the deal, someone who also played for the Blues in 2004. Cech won 13 major trophies in his 11-year spell over at West London according to another report from Sky Sports.

"Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position. Petr Cech was the best in the world in that position for a long time so he's obviously had a big say in this situation,” Lampard said. "From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeeping today and in the future. So yes, he was very influential."

With Mendy arriving soon, it will be interesting how Chelsea will deal with its goalkeeping duties. Kepa will take a break in the Carabao Cup where Willy Caballero will hold the goalkeeping chores. Lampard made it clear that this decision was already made before and the recent errors of Kepa had nothing to do with it. But now, Kepa will also have to deal with another shot-stopper to see where he stands moving forward.

Goalkeeper of Stade Rennais Edouard Mendy Goalkeeper of Stade Rennais Edouard Mendy Photo: Getty Images | Jean Catuffe