Frank Lampard has confirmed that Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is sitting his medical with Chelsea this afternoon and could be just hours away from being a Premier League player.
The 28-year-old shot-stopper is on the brink of completing a reported £22m move to Stamford Bridge that the club will hope ends their goalkeeper woes.
Current first-choice Kepa Arrizalaga has found himself out of form between the posts for Lampard, forcing the Chelsea legend to ponder other options before the transfer window comes to a close in October.
And now it seems the club have got their man with Mendy currently with Chelsea representatives carrying out medical examinations to ensure he is fit to complete the transfer move.
“Mendy is having a medical as we speak,” Lampard revealed as he addressed the media ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley.
“Subject to that medical being okay, then he will be a Chelsea player,” he added.
“As far as I’m aware, as long as he passes his [coronavirus] test with us on Thursday and if that is negative then he should be okay to play.”
Lampard also revealed the key role that goalkeeper coach and Blues legend Petr Cech has played in bringing Mendy to the club, helping to identify Mendy from what will have been a long list of potential targets.
“Petr [Cech] was important in that,” Lampard continued. “It’s a particular position and he has had a big say and was very instrumental.
“I think it is the hardest position, because of the individual nature of it. I have to be sympathetic to that point,” he continued as he elaborated on the club’s current goalkeeper situation.
“Competition is a regular thing. We have brought Mendy in for that competition. It’s in everyone’s hands to get into the squad.”