Chelsea are close to confirming the signing of FC Augsburg’s Abdul Rahman Baba.
The Premier League champions are on the brink of sealing the Ghana international’s signature – having agreed a five-year contract worth €2m per-season, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Express previously reported that the 21-year-old carries a price-tag of £15m, which the Blues appear happy to meet.
Offering a young defender with minimal experience in Europe a €10m contract could certainly be considered a risky piece of business from Chelsea; however, having recorded the highest average of tackles in the Bundesliga last term – averaging 4.8 per-game – and with already 15 senior international caps to his name, there are certainly high expectations placed on the youngster’s shoulders.
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Rahman is expected to replace Filipe Luis who, as Di Marzio states, is on the verge of completing a return to Atletico Madrid – just a season after moving to Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho has suggested that the Ghanian – like Filipe Luis – will be handed a back-up role to Cesar Azpilicueta, as the Portuguese manager believes the Spaniard is the finest in his position in England and looks to firmly remain first-choice:
“We sold Filipe. We have the best left-back in England – Azpilicueta,” as quoted by the Express.
Rahman would become the west London giants’ third major signing this summer – following former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic [via Sky Sports].