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Graham Potter willing to sell senior Chelsea star with Tottenham poised to seize opportunity

Reece James Mendy Chelsea April 2022

Chelsea are reportedly ‘ready’ to listen to offers for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy this summer, amid interest from London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. 

The Senegal international has not featured for the Blues since November after falling down Graham Potter’s pecking order, with the manager preferring Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks.

Mendy certainly has the quality to be a top performer on his day, so he could still represent an excellent addition for Spurs if they can get a deal over the line.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Potter is looking to trim down his Chelsea squad ahead of next season and as a result, Mendy has been told by the club that he is welcome to leave Stamford Bridge.

This comes after the 31-year-old rejected a new contract proposal from the Blues back in December, saying he felt ‘insulted’ to be offered a wage which was considerably lower than Arrizabalaga’s. 

Mendy still has two years remaining on his current deal, but it seems that Chelsea are keen to offload the shot-stopper while they can still recoup a decent transfer fee.

Transfermarkt value the keeper at approximately £18m, so it is believed that an offer in that region would be enough to acquire his services this summer.

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Spurs considering Mendy as Lloris replacement

As previously reported by TEAMtalk, Tottenham are considering making a move for Mendy this summer as a replacement for veteran shot-stopper Hugo Lloris.

The 37-year-old has been a stalwart in the Spurs squad for many years, so it will be a tough ask for anyone to fill Lloris’ shoes, but Mendy arguably has the quality to do so.

Brentford’s David Raya and Everton’s Jordan Pickford are two names that have been heavily linked with Antonio Conte’s side in recent weeks.

However, Mendy would arguably be the best option, as he has a better record in terms of winning trophies and has the most experience in the Champions League.

Indeed, since joining the Blues in 2020, Mendy has made 104 appearances overall, helping his team to 49 clean sheets.

The keeper was awarded both the FIFA and UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2021, having helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2020 and most recently helped his team to lift the Club World Cup in 2021.

With that in mind, Mendy could help bring a winning mentality to the Tottenham dressing room, which is something they definitely need, given they haven’t won a major trophy since 2008.

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