Chelsea are expected to wrap up a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy within the next couple of days, according to a report in The Athletic.
The FA Cup finalists previously tabled a bid to the Breton side for €20 million (£18m/$24m) but found the French club stubborn in their resistance to letting their No.1 depart for such a fee.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has struggled to live up to expectations since arriving in West London in 2018, and Mendy is expected to provide stiff competition for the Spanish shot-stopper next season.
The Blues have been following the shot-stopper for an extended period and were also linked with Lille’s Mike Maignan for the role.
Mendy spent last season in impressive form for the Breton side and helped them qualify for the Champions League for the first time after a third-place finish in Ligue 1.
Chelsea have been linked with several different goalkeeping options this summer, but with the club seemingly unable to offload Kepa, Mendy is apparently seen as the most attractive prospect.