Chelsea will not improve sufficiently to win the Premier League title with Edouard Mendy, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Mendy has reportedly completed his medical ahead of a deal that could rise to £27.7million. The 28-year-old has only had one season at Rennes but is being brought in by Frank Lampard as competition to Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mendy will be Chelsea’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window, taking their spend over £220m.
But despite the Senegal star having a better save percentage than Arrizabalaga, Carragher does not think he is at the level to help Chelsea close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.
“[The save percentage] would make a huge difference in terms of points,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“Would it be enough to catch the top two? No, I don’t think it will be.”
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Chelsea have brought in three attacking players and three defenders so far.
But Carragher says signing a top goalkeeper spot is vital to any team that holds aspirations of winning the Premier League.
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“Not for me, no [Chelsea won’t win the title],” Carragher added.
“Because the spending has been at the top end of the pitch and until Chelsea rectify their goalkeeping situation I don’t see them winning the league.
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“You only have to look at Pep Guardiola’s first season in England, Jurgen Klopp’s first 18 months, until they signed goalkeepers and they made the real difference.
“If Chelsea signed a top goalkeeper, I think that will make a big difference.
“And also to be fair to Chelsea and Frank I think the expenditure of this transfer window is almost three or four transfer windows of money getting spent in one go.
“They couldn’t buy anyone last year, they’ve still got the [Eden] Hazard and the [Alvaro] Morata money, so it is club money in some ways.
“Until they change the goalkeeper I don’t think they’ve got any chance.
“The difference Alisson and Ederson made to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, they were nowhere near winning leagues before those goalkeepers came in.
“You have absolutely no chance of winning the league with a poor goalkeeper. History tells you that.
“You go back, you think of [Peter] Schmeichel, Neville Southall for Everton. Great goalkeepers make a difference.
“They’ve paid top dollar and they’re not even getting middle dollar performances for what this goalkeeper is bringing.
“That’s why I won’t change from that fact that unless they change that goalkeeper they won’t challenge.”
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