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AFCON winner ‘aware’ of Tottenham’s goalkeeper hunt ‘could leave’ current club this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur handed boost in pursuit of Chelsea star Edouard Mendy

As per the Evening Standard last month, Chelsea star Edouard Mendy is ‘aware’ that Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid could be in the market for a new goalkeeper.

It is implied that the Senegal international knows there are options on the table, having rejected a new contract at the club last summer. He has been sidelined with a shoulder injury at Stamford Bridge.

But even when he has been fit, manager Graham Potter has shown an inclination towards starting Kepa Arrizablaga, who has enjoyed a resurgence under the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane scores his penalty past Chelsea's French goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane scores his penalty past Chelsea’s Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. (Photo by NEIL HALL/AFP via Getty Images)

All of this would play in Spurs’ favour if they do have a serious interest in signing the former Stade Rennais goalkeeper. According to journalist Simon Phillips, who gave his exclusive comments to GIVEMESPORT, Mendy could leave SW6 this summer.

Mendy boost for Spurs

He said:

“Mendy is another one that doesn’t look good at the moment. He’s not looking to sign a new contract extension with Chelsea as of now, there’s been no talks of late. Chelsea have also been pondering replacements for him so he could go.”

The 29-cap Senegal international won the African Cup of Nations last year in spectacular fashion, playing a big role in his country’s maiden triumph in the competition. He has also amassed impressive experience in the UEFA Champions League.

Mendy’s current deal at Stamford Bridge runs until the end of the 2024-25 season (Transfermarkt), which gives Chelsea a fair bit of control over his future and the right to put a sizable price tag on him. But if the player wants to leave and the Blues are eager to cash in on him, then suitors would hope Mendy is made available for a reasonable price.

There is one problem, however. We need a successor for Hugo Lloris, who is 36 right now and perhaps one year too long at the club. Mendy is 31.

Do we really want to sign a goalkeeper that we could then be on the lookout to replace a few years down the line? There is nothing to suggest that he can’t give us at least three to five years of top-quality service.

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But perhaps siding with a player in his early or mid 20s would be a better long-term investment. For the present, however, there won’t be many better options in the market than Mendy, if Chelsea would be open to selling to one of their biggest rivals, that is.

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