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Frank Lampard on the cusp of completing swoop for Edouard Mendy from Rennes

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Frank Lampard believes the club’s £22million move for Rennes’ goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is on the verge of completion.

The Chelsea boss has been trying to bring in a new shot-stopper all summer and looks to finally have his man. 

If Mendy arrives in time he could be set to make his debut in this weekend’s trip to West Brom, with Kepa Arrizabalaga facing the drop after a difficult start to the season. 

Chelsea's move for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes is on the verge of completion

Chelsea's move for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes is on the verge of completion

Chelsea’s move for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes is on the verge of completion 

Frank Lampard believes the shot-stopper's medical is done ahead of a £22million transfer

Frank Lampard believes the shot-stopper's medical is done ahead of a £22million transfer

Frank Lampard believes the shot-stopper’s medical is done ahead of a £22million transfer

‘With Mendy, the medical, I think it’s done, but I want to be a bit careful and don’t want to give absolute confirmation until I see him, possibly over the next 24 hours,’ said Lampard. 

‘But it seems like it’s on the verge of being done.’

Current No1 Arrizabalaga has struggled in the opening games of the season. The ‘keeper let a weak shot squeeze past him in the first match against Brighton and was under-fire against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. 

Current No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga could face being dropped for this weekend's trip to West Brom

Current No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga could face being dropped for this weekend's trip to West Brom

Current No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga could face being dropped for this weekend’s trip to West Brom

The Spaniard was at fault for the Reds’ second goal after his uncertainty on the ball allowed Sadio Mane to intercept his clearance before finishing into the net.

Chelsea beat Championships side Barnsley 6-0 to progress to the fourth-round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, with new signing Kai Havertz scoring a hat-trick.

Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud also got on the scoresheet while Willy Caballero kept a clean sheet in his first start of the season.

New signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell made their debuts at Stamford Bridge. 

Silva played 61 minutes before he was substituted for Kurt Zouma while Chilwell replaced Havertz for the final 25 minutes and grabbed an assist by setting up Giroud.  

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Watch Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr press conference LIVE: Stream FREE as Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson feature

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MIKE TYSON and Roy Jones Jr meet tonight for a first press conference ahead of their huge boxing bout in November.

And you can watch all of tonight’s event – which also features YouTube star Jake Paul – right here…

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5pm Man Utd news LIVE: Alex Telles tests positive for coronavirus, Rashford tipped to be England captain

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MANCHESTER UNITED have made a statement of intent by hammering Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig 5-0.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Alex Telles missed the match because he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

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Oleksandr Usyk has promised ‘pure boxing’ in Saturday’s heavyweight fight with Derek Chisora

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Oleksandr Usyk came armed with a hurley and sliotar before responding to Derek Chisora’s declaration of war by warning his heavyweight rival: ‘I brought peace, it will be pure boxing’.

Usyk and Chisora met for their final press conference on Wednesday ahead of their clash on Saturday night, with a shot at WBO champion Anthony Joshua awaiting the winner at Wembley Arena.

The Ukrainian arrived with his new hurling kit – a gift from a young fan in Belfast – and then jotted numbers on a notepad while his opponent promised ‘violence’.

Oleksandr Usyk (above) has promised 'pure boxing' in Saturday's clash with Derek Chisora

Oleksandr Usyk (above) has promised 'pure boxing' in Saturday's clash with Derek Chisora

Oleksandr Usyk (above) has promised ‘pure boxing’ in Saturday’s clash with Derek Chisora

Usyk(left) takes on the British boxer (right) at London's Wembley Arena this weekend

Usyk(left) takes on the British boxer (right) at London's Wembley Arena this weekend

Usyk(left) takes on the British boxer (right) at London’s Wembley Arena this weekend

Usyk claimed: ‘My team set me mathematical equations during the week to do for training. I didn’t finish one of them and I thought this was the perfect time to do it.’

Chisora then replied: ‘I’ve no idea (what he’s doing). It doesn’t bother me, it doesn’t faze me. No idea. It’s a fight, we are in a fight.

‘I’m going to bring everything I have – it’s going to be a shootout.’

‘People are telling me I’m holding the golden keys to the pearly gates (to heavyweight riches),’ he joked before channelling his inner-Gandalf. ‘You shall not pass!’ he told Usyk.

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Chisora demanded that there be a ‘fair referee and fair judges’ in this weekend’s clash

Chisora then turned his attention to promoter Eddie Hearn: ‘All I’m asking from you Eddie is a fair referee and fair judges… I get Oleksandr is your boy, you sold your soul to Ukraine, you forgot your boys in Britain but it’s okay I have to prove myself again.’

The brilliant Usyk – an Olympic gold medallist and former undisputed cruiserweight champion – is a heavy favourite to maintain his position as WBO mandatory challenger.

But he has fought only once at heavyweight in the professional game.

Chisora (right) demanded a war but Usyk (left) has claimed he will bring peace to the fight

Chisora (right) demanded a war but Usyk (left) has claimed he will bring peace to the fight

Chisora (right) demanded a war but Usyk (left) has claimed he will bring peace to the fight 

‘There will be no war, I brought peace. It will be pure boxing,’ he told Chisora.

‘He will definitely want to hurt me badly but I will not stand in front of him to let me do that.’

When asked whether he has power to hurt heavyweights, the Ukrainian added: ‘Ask Tony Bellew… I’m really glad everyone thinks I have no punch and it’s easy to beat me.’

The winner of Saturday's fight will have the chance to take on WBO champion Anthony Joshua

The winner of Saturday's fight will have the chance to take on WBO champion Anthony Joshua

The winner of Saturday’s fight will have the chance to take on WBO champion Anthony Joshua

Usyk has already beaten a Briton recently in Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena in 2018

Usyk has already beaten a Briton recently in Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena in 2018

Usyk has already beaten a Briton recently in Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena in 2018

Usyk knocked out Bellew, who was standing across the room on Wednesday, when they met in November 2018.

The colourful press conference ended with Usyk and Chisora arguing over which animal is the king of the jungle.

After Chisora insisted it was the elephant, rather than the lion, Usyk said: ‘The elephant is the friend of the mouse.’

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