According to football.london report on June 10 that Chelsea’s new ownership group planned to open contract talks with Edouard Mendy this summer. The Senegal international has firmly established himself as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper since arriving from Rennes in September 2020 but is one of the lowest-paid players in the first-team squad.
Discussions have now started between Chelsea and Mendy’s camp but they are at an early stage and no deal is close to being agreed upon as yet. The 30-year-old still has three years remaining on the contract he signed when he arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, a loan to Napoli for Kepa Arrizabalaga has stalled. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has spent the past two campaigns playing deputy to Mendy and was hoping to secure a move away from Chelsea in order to make a late push for the Spain squad ahead of the World Cup.
Kepa’s wages – worth around £190,00 a week – are understood to be a key sticking point as the Serie A side expect Chelsea to cover the majority of the Spaniard’s salary if he were to move to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona