Chelsea have finally signed 28-year-old Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £22m on a five-year deal.

Mendy’s deal follows the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz, making him Chelsea’s seventh first-team signing of the summer.

To be the club’s No 1, Mendy needs to compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

At the moment, Mendy is following in the footsteps of Petr Cech – now Chelsea’s technical and performance adviser – who made the same move from Rennes to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004.

Ligue 1 the 28-year-old kept nine clean sheets in 24 appearances last season with Rennes.

He has also helped them to finish third and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.