Chelsea are reportedly yet to reach an agreement with Rennes for Edouard Mendy and the player has not travelled to England for a medical. Last week it was claimed that the two clubs had shook hands on a deal which would see the Frenchman move to Stamford Bridge this week but that has now been denied by RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi.
The Blues are still looking to a close a deal for the goalkeeper though despite Frank Lampard’s surprise backing of Kepa Arrizabalaga after the 3-1 win at Brighton.
Chelsea are believed to have upped their offer to £18.5million after seeing an opening bid of £15m rejected.
Mendy was left out of the Rennes squad for the 4-2 win over Nimes at the weekend as a move edges closer.
He has been pushing for the move and has been clear with the club he wants to join Chelsea ever since he was made aware of their interest.
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Chelsea boss Lampard remained coy when quizzed on the subject at the Amex, after opening their Premier League account with three points.
“I’m very happy with Kepa,” Lampard said, in defence of his No 1 after he was criticised for his role in Leandro Trossard’s equaliser.
“I thought Kepa today, I think with the shot I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better but I saw a lot of confidence with how he was playing.
“I’m happy with him. Kepa’s here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him.
“If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition, that’s the nature of Chelsea. That goes throughout the squad so we’ll see.”