It’s seventh heaven for Chelsea with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy the latest arrival at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old has joined the Blues in a £22million transfer from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes – in what will be a major boost to manager Frank Lampard.
Mendy, who has signed a five-year contract, is now expected to become Chelsea’s No 1 with Lampard increasingly frustrated at Kepa Arrizabalaga’s high-profile mistakes.
Eduoard Mendy is now a Chelsea player having completed his £22million transfer from Rennes
Frank Lampard has landed his goalkeeping target as he looks to improve Chelsea’s defence
Kepa Arrizabalaga is the Blues current No 1 but he is much-maligned after several mistakes
Chelsea conceded 54 goals in 38 Premier League games last season and Lampard wants Mendy to help eradicate such a poor record.
‘I am so excited to be joining Chelsea,’ Mendy told the club’s official website.
‘It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.’
His arrival takes Chelsea’s outlay this summer beyond £250m following the purchases of Hakim Ziyech (£38m), Timo Werner (£53m), Ben Chilwell (£50m), Malang Sarr (free), Thiago Silva (free) and Kai Havertz (£89m).
On signing Mendy, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.
‘Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.’
Mendy’s arrival takes Chelsea manager Lampard’s spending this summer to over £250m
Forwards Hakim Ziyech (left) and Timo Werner were the first Chelsea arrivals this summer
Left back Ben Chilwell (centre) joined from top-four rivals Leicester City in a £50m deal
Malang Sarr (right) is one of three defenders to have joined Chelsea this summer
Veteran centre back Thiago Silva (right) made his debut for Chelsea on Wednesday night
Kai Havertz, who cost Chelsea a club-record £89m, scored a hat-trick against Barnsley
Last season for Rennes, Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 24 Ligue 1 appearances, compared to Kepa’s eight cleans sheets in 33 Premier League appearances.
Mendy’s save percentage was 76.3 per cent and he conceded a goal every 114 minutes. Kepa’s save percentage was 53.5 per cent, conceding a goal every 63 minutes.
However, Kepa’s passing accuracy was 79.7 per cent compared to Mendy’s 70.1 per cent.
Despite boasting a better statistic in the latter field, it was the Spaniard’s passing that saw him produce another error on Sunday during Chelsea’s 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool as Sadio Mane intercepted his pass to score their second of the afternoon.
‘It’s a clear mistake [against Liverpool] that cost us. Kepa has to keep working, he has to have support around him. He is our player,’ Lampard reflected post-match at the weekend.
‘[In] Difficult times, players need support, particularly from myself. I give that to all the players. Nobody tries to make mistakes in football. You have to be strong.’
Kepa’s latest clanger against Liverpool gifted Sadio Mane a goal and increased scrutiny on him
Despite his words of support though, Lampard has chosen to strengthen in this position – much to the delight of some supporters on social media.
‘Kepa is statistically the worst keeper in history, better off with a cabbage instead of him,’ tweeted one fan brutally, while another simply put: ‘Bye bye Kepa,’ accompanied with a waving emoji.
Mendy follows the same path as Chelsea legend Petr Cech, by going from Rennes to Chelsea, and one supporter hopes he can have the same amount of success. ‘Let’s hope you’re as good as the last keeper we signed from Rennes. Although, you can’t be any worse than Kepa!’ they wrote.
One fan took a more light-hearted approach to the news by posting a picture of the famous crying Michael Jordan meme with the caption: ‘Rival fans rn [right now] knowing they won’t get their share of kepa goalkeeping mistakes.’
Many Chelsea fans took to Twitter to express their delight at Mendy possibly replacing Kepa