Chelsea’s pursuit of a new left-back this summer has taken a huge blow as they have reportedly seen a €25 million bid for Abdul Rahman Baba rejected by Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, according to Guardian Sport.
The Ghanaian was one of the stand-out performers in Germany last season as he helped the Fuggerstadter claim a surprise fifth-placed finish in the league after registering four assists in 31 appearances.
That type of form has seen him linked with a host of top European clubs this summer including Arsenal and Manchester City [via Mail Sport], however, it would appear as though a move to Stamford Bridge is the most likely destination for the 21-year-old as long as the Blues raise their offer to €30 million.
The Blues’ need for a new left-back is clear as Cesar Azpilicueta is without any real competition for a place in that position following the sale of Brazilian defender Filipe Luis back to his former club Atletico Madrid last month [via BBC Sport].
Meanwhile the reigning champions of England have also been linked with potential moves for highly-rated Galatasaray defender Alex Telles [via Independent Sport] as well as a shock £15 million swoop for Tottenham’s Danny Rose [via Telegraph Sport].
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The West London outfit have been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far as Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao are the only additions to the first-team squad, but there has been strong talk in the media that Everton defender John Stones remains a target for Mourinho, although it’s likely to take British record fee for a defender in order to prize him away from Goodison Park [via Mirror Sport].