Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy Set To Be Given Chelsea’s No.1 Shirt

Kepa Arrizabalaga may not wear the No.1 shirt at Chelsea anymore after failing to step up in the Premier League, according to Mark Schwarzer.

Frank Lampard’s side have made a move to sign Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, with Goal recently confirming that a deal is close to being struck.

If Mendy arrives there’ll be more pressure on Kepa with Blues' former shot-stopper Schwarzer believing that the Spain international will likely walk into the starting spot.

“It’s obvious that there are questions marks over Kepa, I think his save ratio last season was the worst in the Premier League,” Schwarzer told Goal.

“He clearly hasn’t had a good time there. I think it hasn't been entirely his own doing – defensively Chelsea haven’t been at their best.

“I’d be surprised if they brought in Mendy and didn’t wait too long before putting him in as number one. It could be very damaging [to Kepa] and he may feel he has little chance to retain it.”

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On the Blues possibly signing Mendy, the former Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester City goalkeeper added: “Apparently Petr Cech has had a big say in him coming to the club if that transfer happens and you’ve got to trust his judgement.”

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