Edouard Mendy’s move to Chelsea has been held up because Rennes have made a late request for two senior Blues stars in part-exchange, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The two clubs have agreed the terms of a deal that will see the goalkeeper move to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £20million.

But the deal has not been finalised as anticipated because Rennes want at least one, and possibly two, Chelsea players as part of the transfer.

 

One name that has been mentioned by Rennes is defender Fikayo Tomori, who has dropped down the pecking order of Frank Lampard’s side.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Mendy is still expected to complete a move to the Londoners in the coming days.

He has agreed personal terms and will head to the English capital as soon as the final issues are thrashed out.

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Mendy’s agent has claimed the deal could be completed as early as today but there will need to be some quick developments for that to happen.

Rennes signed Mendy from Reims for just £3.6million in August 2019 and his value rocketed after an impression campaign for the Ligue 1 club.

Lampard has targeted a new goalkeeper to provide strong competition for current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Ambitious moves for the likes of Dean Henderson, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jan Oblak all came to nothing.

Kepa was signed for £71million in August 2018 and is still the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

He still has five years left on his contract in London and the Blues will hope to recoup as much of the mammoth fee paid for his services as they can.

In other news, Chelsea are offering £30m-valued star in huge new Declan Rice part-exchange bid.