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It’s fair to say that Chelsea’s £ 22 million deal to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes was the biggest Blues of the summer.
After a year of watching Kepa Arrizabalaga and screaming into the void, the fans needed something new in goal and Mendy provided a breath of fresh air. He walked in and instantly added some solidity to the back. However, some lapses in concentration have shown that Mendy may never achieve elite status.
Having a reliable goalkeeper means Chelsea now have a solid foundation to build on, and the next step for the Blues is to bring in an elite stopper like Gianluigi Donnarumma.
90min revealed in early December that Chelsea have been speaking with agent Mino Raiola about a possible deal for both Donnarumma and his Milan teammate Alessio Romagnoli, with the goalkeeper at the forefront of negotiations due to his expiring contract. .
It is not difficult to see why Chelsea are interested in Donnarumma. He is an elite gatekeeper who appears to be hiding the Fountain of Youth somewhere in his house. It’s hard to process how he’s still only 21 years old and yet has nearly 200 appearances for one of Europe’s biggest names.
He has truly lived up to his potential, and there is still more to come from the Italian. It looks like he’s going to be a bona fide star for most of 15 years, and Chelsea must be on top of that.
Sure, Mendy is a good goalkeeper, but he’s not good enough (or young enough) to stop Chelsea from seeking improvement. The Blues are on a quest to become the best team in Europe once again, and to achieve that goal, they need someone as good as Donnarumma between the sticks.
All great teams need an elite goalkeeper, an Alisson, Ederson or Manuel Neuer, and Chelsea don’t have that. They have not Really He had it since Petr Cech’s departure, although the Thibaut Courtois polarizer was not far behind.
Cech’s departure started a period in which Chelsea flattered themselves to cheat. There have been great moments and many abysmal ones, and Lampard is working hard to try and end that inconsistency.
With Cech now by his side on the board, Lampard has helped Chelsea prepare for the future with signings like Havertz and Werner, players capable of shining for the next decade, but Mendy was more of a short-term option. Chelsea needed a good goalkeeper and could not afford to be demanding.
Mendy has done his job admirably, but will he be the long-term goalkeeper of the future? It’s hard to say definitively no, but there is a feeling that Chelsea could still improve, and Donnarumma is exactly that.
Players of his caliber and age rarely go to the free agent market. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Blues, whose hectic summer means they have very little on the agenda in January.
A backup defensive midfielder and backup winger must be found, but Chelsea’s focus must be on Donnarumma, who could drag the team back to the top of the mountain next season.
This is a unique opportunity for Chelsea, and manager Marina Granovskaia knows it. The ‘Iron Lady’ doesn’t tend to shy away from this kind of deal, and with Lampard in her ear, the focus should be on reaching a deal with Donnarumma in January.
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