Chelsea ‘still interested’ in £27m goalkeeping transfer despite Mendy arrival

Chelsea are “still interested” in a £27m goalkeeper transfer – despite bringing in Edouard Mendy over the summer.

The Blues were left with a big problem to solve when £72m shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga made a disastrous start to the 2020/21 campaign.

It saw Frank Lampard sign Mendy from Rennes for £22m, immediately slotting into the Spaniard’s position between the posts.

And the Senegalese international has not put a foot wrong, conceding just three goals in 12 appearances this season.

But Italian outlet Mundo Udinese [via Sportwitness] have reported that Chelsea are not finished in their goalkeeper hunt yet.

The Blues were looking for a new goalkeeper as early as March, with Kepa trying to fend off Willy Caballero for a starting place.

And the search for a shot-stopper took the Premier League side to Udinese’ Juan Musso, who was valued at €30m [£27.1m].

With 71 appearances since arriving from Argentine side Racing and 23 clean sheets, the 26-year-old was seen as a good investment.

While Chelsea looked elsewhere over the summer, the report states that the goalkeeper “will probably be sold at the end of the season” as his valuation is maintained.

The Blues are still among the interested clubs alongside Inter Milan and PSG who have “tested the water” on Musso’s availability.

It comes as Blues legend Petr Cech has explained how Mendy has been able to keep so many clean sheets since his arrival.

The former goalkeeper said: “He’s a very positive person and he transmits that in the way he plays.

“His main strength is aerial duels. He’s very strong in coming for crosses and has big presence in the box.

“He’s tall, 6ft 5in, so he uses his frame for coming out and blocking shots. And his distribution is really good. Overall he’s a complete goalkeeper.”

Mendy will face a big test when Leeds, who have had 153 shots on goal this season, visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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