Chelsea target highly-rated Bundesliga defender to replace Atletico Madrid-bound Filipe Luis

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis is set for a swift return to former club Atletico Madrid amid reports that the Blues are closing in on the signing of highly-rated Ghanian defender Abdul Baba Rahman.

The Brazilian defender struggled to force his way past first-choice left-back Cesar Azpilicueta in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI last season as the pace and physicality of English football seemed too much for Luis to handle.

After signing from Atletico for a reported fee of £15.9million last summer, the 28-year-old is set to rejoin the Vicente Calderon outfit despite having two years left on his contract with the reigning Barclays Premier League champions.

Mirror Sport claims the Blues are set to move quickly to replace Luis and are confident they will be able to beat rivals Arsenal and Manchester City to the signing of Rahman from last season’s Bundesliga surprise package Augsburg.

Rahman impressed in 31 league appearances last year as he registered four assist to help Fuggerstadter claim a fifth-placed finish in the table and his form had seen him linked with a switch to the the Premier League [via Guardian Sport].

However, the Blues are confident they can they can prize the 20-year-old to West London and he will become the club’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Nathan, Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic [via the club’s official website] should a deal go ahead.

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