Edouard Mendy more likely to leave Chelsea before Kepa Arrizabalaga does

Chelsea is aiming to move one of their two starting goalkeepers, with Edouard Mendy now being the most likely to do so this summer

In favour of Kepa Arrizabalaga, the 31-year-old Mendy, who joined Chelsea in 2020 and was a key component of the team’s Champions League victory in his first season, has been benched for the remainder of the season. Due to the fact that both goalkeepers’ contracts are entering their final two years this summer, Chelsea is accepting bids for both Mendy and Kepa.

Despite his recent spate of starts, 90min reports Chelsea would prefer to cash in on Kepa, who became the most expensive custodian in the world when he transferred to Stamford Bridge for £71.6m in 2018. However, Kepa’s exorbitant wages have long hindered plans to get the Spaniard off the books due to their high cost.

The Senegal international’s pay package is believed to be substantially lower, and it is anticipated that this figure would once again restrict Kepa’s options this summer and possibly push Mendy closer to the exit door.

Mendy is therefore thought to be the simpler custodian to sell, and it is envisaged that the winner of the Champions League and Club World Cup will generate a lot of interest. Chelsea’s desire to sign a new starting custodian is related to these objectives, and the Blues have expressed interest in a number of potential candidates from all around Europe.

Gabriel Slonina, 19, is another player on the books for Chelsea. The international American player, who was acquired from Chicago Fire last year, has performed admirably for the Under-21 team this year and is in line for a loan move to experience senior football in Europe.

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