Edouard Mendy ‘told he can leave Chelsea in summer transfer purge as Graham Potter plots major squad overhaul’
CHELSEA have reportedly told Edouard Mendy that he can leave this summer as boss Graham Potter plots a squad overhaul.
The West London club need to cut costs after their heavy outlay on new additions.
The Blues have switched No1s this season under Potter, with Kepa Arrizabalaga reclaiming first choice status over Mendy.
Mendy, 30, snubbed a new six-year contract over the salary offered - which did not rival Kepa's.
The Senegal international has returned to full training this week after a lengthy time on the sidelines following surgery on his finger in January.
But his future at Stamford Bridge remains up in the air as he prepares for crunch talks with the club
Now the Daily Mirror claims that the stopper, who has 18 months left on his deal, has been told he can go.
Mendy, who has kept 49 clean sheets in 104 games for the Blues, arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2020 and helped them to Champions League and Club World Cup success before falling out of favour.
Meanwhile, we reported earlier that Chelsea are allegedly “prepared to out-bid their rivals” to sign Leeds United’s Illan Meslier as a replacement.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Lorient in 2019 - a move which became permanent the following year for around £5m.
The Elland Road side want to keep the Frenchman if they beat the drop but have placed an asking price of over £30m on his head amid mounting interest.
We have previously reported how Manchester United have been monitoring Meslier’s situation.
Newcastle are also believed to be keen on him while Chelsea were linked with a move for him in January and now seem set to try for him again.