Chelsea are set to take their summer spending to close to the £250million mark with the addition of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
talkSPORT understands an £18million agreement between the two clubs is drawing closer after the Blues had a recent offer worth £14m rejected by the French side.
Mendy only joined Rennes from Stade Reims for £3.5m last year, but the 28-year-old has already made a big impact at the club.
The imminent transfer will spark more speculation regarding Kepa Arrizabalaga’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa, 25, was dropped by Frank Lampard twice last term after making multiple high-profile errors throughout the campaign.
However, it is understood the Spaniard, a club record £71.6million signing from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, will likely stay at Stamford Bridge in the upcoming campaign as he looks to win over Lampard and his coaching team.
Kepa has failed to justify his hefty price tag at Chelsea although Chelsea technical and performance adviser Petr Cech has admitted the club could bring in a new goalkeeper, but insists they are not ‘giving up’ on Kepa.
He told Sport.CZ: “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.”
Meanwhile, it is understood that Chelsea could recoup some funds by selling Ross Barkley.
Lampard is willing to cash in on the former Everton midfielder if the right offer comes in.
The Blues have already brought in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr in what has been a busy summer in west London.