Edouard Mendy is considering leaving Chelsea with Graham Potter interested in bringing in his former Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez as a replacement.
The Senegal international has impressed in the Blues net since his arrival from Rennes in 2020 but his place in the first-team as come under threat this season.
Mendy was sidelined with a knee injury when Potter arrived at Stamford Bridge in September with Kepa Arrizabalaga coming back into the fold as a result, impressing with a string of much improved performances.
While Mendy started Chelsea’s last four matches heading into the World Cup break, those came with Kepa sidelined through injury – with his side losing three of those games.
Despite his return to the side, the Mail reports Mendy still has major concerns over his future in west London.
While he remains hopeful he can convince Potter he is no1, there are fears the manager has already decided that Kepa will return in goal after the World Cup if he is fit.
Chelsea are unlikely to allow Mendy to leave in January but the report also suggests Potter is looking to bring in a new option in goal that could pave the way for his departure in the summer.
Spain international Sanchez progressed through Brighton’s youth academy, impressing as the Seagulls no1 under Potter and earning a place in the Spain squad for this winter’s World Cup.
While the Chelsea boss has placed his faith in Kepa, he has urged Mendy to remain focused on fighting for his place, insisting the two share a good relationship.
‘I’ve had some good chats with him and he’s been great. Top professional, very supportive,’ Potter said at the beginning of November.
‘Obviously he was injured when we first arrived, so Kepa played and Kepa did well. He’s honest enough and professional enough to know that sometimes you’ve got to be patient and work hard and support the team and support Kepa, which is exactly what he did. You can’t ask any more.
‘He’s made sure he’s ready, he’s made sure he’s trained well, he’s kept his standards really high and now he’s obviously got an opportunity.
‘It’s unfortunate for Kepa that it’s come about like that, but that’s life, that’s professional football and he [Mendy] is ready.’