Kepa Arrizabalaga’s woes continued at the weekend as he was partly at fault for both of Sadio Mane’s second-half goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to champions Liverpool in the Premier League.
The error-prone Spaniard has failed to live up to expectations after a world-record £71million move from Athletic Bilbao two years ago and Lampard has been keen to find a quality replacement since the end of last season.
The likes of Jan Oblak, Andre Onana and Nick Pope have all been linked with Chelsea over recent weeks and months but it appears Rennes shot-stopper Mendy will be the seventh player through the doors at the club this summer.
The 28-year-old Senegal international underwent a medical with the Blues on Tuesday and is reportedly set for a £22m switch to west London.
‘Yeah, Mendy’s having a medical as we speak,’ Lampard said at his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley.
‘Subject to that being okay later on he will become our player.’
Lampard revealed that ex-Chelsea ‘keeper Cech, now a technical and performance advisor at the club, was hugely influential in getting a deal over the line for Mendy.
‘Petr was important in that because a goalkeeper position is a very particular position,’ the Chelsea manager added.
‘Petr Cech was the best in the world at that position for a long time. He certainly has a big say in this situation.
‘From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeepers’ day-to-day planning and future, everything.
‘So, yeah, he was very influential.’
Lampard hopes the added competition for places can have a positive impact on Kepa’s performances in a Chelsea shirt.
‘I don’t know what benefits anyone in the long run. Football is always in your hands in the current moment and how you work going forward,’ Lampard said.
‘I think competition is a regular thing at a club like Chelsea.
‘I know the goalkeeper situation is not always as clear cut as that but that’s where we’re at.
‘We have brought Mendy in to bring that competition. We know that’s an area that Kepa himself wants to improve in his own performance.
‘I’m not making any final statements at all at the minute, football is not like that.
‘The lads have to work, they have to be a squad, they have to be together and back each other. Goalkeepers particularly in their small group have to do that and we’ll see.’