Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has missed training today for a meeting with club chiefs as he edges closer to joining Chelsea.
The 28-year-old has been snapped leaving the meeting and was not present while the rest of the Rennes squad trained ahead of their trip to Nîmes on Sunday.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is looking to sign a new goalkeeper to compete for the number one spot with Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Spaniard made a number of high profile errors last season.
Mendy looks set to be that new goalkeeper, with Rennes president Nicolas Holveck admitting that the club are in negotiations with Chelsea about the player.
Speaking at a press conference last week, Holveck said: "Yes there are discussions that have been initiated with Chelsea, no agreement for the moment – far from it.
"We know the value of the player and the man, I am unable to tell you what will happen.
"For a transfer to take place, the agreement between the three parties is necessary. I can understand Edouard’s desire, he told us about his desires, it’s part of the transfer window.
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"He is not in the worst club in Europe either. He can also play in the Champions League if he stays here."
Mendy is understood to have been scouted by Chelsea's technical director Petr Cech and the Blues legend has previously spoken about the need to provide Kepa with competition.
Speaking Sport.cz, Cech said: "Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable.
"But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.
"Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now. ‘But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future."
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