Christian Pulisic out for Chelsea with hamstring injury

The USA forward tweaked his hamstring in the warm-up at Burnley on Saturday, and was withdrawn from the Blues’ 3-0 Premier League win.

Pulisic has avoided serious injury however, with boss Frank Lampard hoping to have him back in action soon.

Chelsea’s provisional squad to take on Rennes does include Edouard Mendy, who signed from the French club in the summer – but doesn’t include legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech, who also signed from Rennes way back in 2004.

Leeds Sign Rennes Winger

The Whites have made an impressive start to the season and have added the Brazilian to boost their squad, with Raphinha arriving for around £20m on a five year deal.

Since being knocked back in a move for Daniel James by Man United, attention has turned to the 23-year-old, who is no stranger to a deadline day switch, having joined Rennes from Sporting in the summer of 2019 as a replacement for Watford bound Ismaila Sarr.

Raphinha scored five goals and recorded three assists as he helped Rennes to finish third in Ligue 1, qualifying for the Champions League in the process, but is set to swap France for Elland Road as he becomes the latest player in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

Chelsea closing in on new goalkeeper

The Blues have tracked the Senegal stopper for some time and are thought to have been impressed with his form with Rennes, who will play Champions League football next season.

And the west Londoners are now close to an agreement to make the 28-year-old their seventh senior signings of a hugely fruitful summer, the PA news agency understands.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is still yet to convince manager Frank Lampard he can live up to his £72million transfer tag as Chelsea’s record recruit, and a world-high fee for a goalkeeper.

But any deal for Mendy would be as competition for Kepa, not as a replacement for the Spain star.

Chelsea have thrown huge financial backing behind Lampard’s Stamford Bridge revolution this summer, with the Blues’ spending already past the £200million mark even before any deal for Mendy.

Chelsea kick started their squad overhaul by bringing in Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech and prolific RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

England left-back Ben Chilwell and Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva were next through the doors, with Germany midfielder Kai Havertz another coveted talent to join Lampard’s ranks.

France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr has also arrived, but is considered a long-term project and will head straight out on loan.

Chelsea closing in on new goalkeeper

The Blues have tracked the Senegal stopper for some time and are thought to have been impressed with his form with Rennes, who will play Champions League football next season.

And the west Londoners are now close to an agreement to make the 28-year-old their seventh senior signings of a hugely fruitful summer, the PA news agency understands.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is still yet to convince manager Frank Lampard he can live up to his £72million transfer tag as Chelsea’s record recruit, and a world-high fee for a goalkeeper.

But any deal for Mendy would be as competition for Kepa, not as a replacement for the Spain star.

Chelsea have thrown huge financial backing behind Lampard’s Stamford Bridge revolution this summer, with the Blues’ spending already past the £200million mark even before any deal for Mendy.

Chelsea kick started their squad overhaul by bringing in Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech and prolific RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

England left-back Ben Chilwell and Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva were next through the doors, with Germany midfielder Kai Havertz another coveted talent to join Lampard’s ranks.

France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr has also arrived, but is considered a long-term project and will head straight out on loan.

Chelsea Closing In On New Goalkeeper

The Blues have tracked the Senegal stopper for some time and are thought to have been impressed with his form with Rennes, who will play Champions League football next season.

And the west Londoners are now close to an agreement to make the 28-year-old their seventh senior signings of a hugely fruitful summer, the PA news agency understands.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is still yet to convince manager Frank Lampard he can live up to his £72million transfer tag as Chelsea’s record recruit, and a world-high fee for a goalkeeper.

But any deal for Mendy would be as competition for Kepa, not as a replacement for the Spain star.

Chelsea have thrown huge financial backing behind Lampard’s Stamford Bridge revolution this summer, with the Blues’ spending already past the £200million mark even before any deal for Mendy.

Chelsea kick started their squad overhaul by bringing in Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech and prolific RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

England left-back Ben Chilwell and Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva were next through the doors, with Germany midfielder Kai Havertz another coveted talent to join Lampard’s ranks.

France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr has also arrived, but is considered a long-term project and will head straight out on loan.