Though earlier reports had claimed that Édouard Mendy is close to signing for Chelsea, his current club, Rennes are seemingly still not content with Chelsea’s offer(s).
While Rennes were initially asking for an exorbitant €40m as well as an even more absurd proposition of getting Olivier Giroud on loan in return, they have seemingly lowered their demands, with the final price probably at the lower end of the €20m to €30m range, although negotiations are still said to be ongoing.
RMC Sport’s report claimed there is optimism about a forthcoming conclusion, with Mendy already agreed on a 5-year contract with the Blues, and only waiting for the final green light to come to London.
But Telefoot is now saying Rennes have now asked for Fikayo Tomori in return as well —one that once again complicates things.
While not explicitly stated, it can be assumed that any transfer involving Tomori would only be a loan deal.
Along with Everton, Rennes have been one of the clubs to have shown a long-term interest in the 22-year-old.
Rennes could be the perfect place for him to develop, with a much better chance of breaking into the first-team than over at Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.