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Deal close: Euro giants chief confirms talks over Chelsea transfer raid

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed his club are in talks over a potential transfer move for Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman this January.

It remains to be seen if the deal would be a loan or a permanent one, with Rahman having spent time on loan with the Bundesliga outfit last season.

Rahman has played just 23 games for Chelsea since joining the Blues from Augsburg in the summer of 2015, and doesn’t look to be in Antonio Conte’s plans.

All signs point towards the 23-year-old having another spell in Germany, with Heidel explaining that talks are ongoing, but that there seems little else to finalise on the deal.

Quoted in the London Evening Standard, Heidel says reaching an agreement with the player himself should be simple enough, while there are only one or two things to clear up with Chelsea.

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Baba Rahman has barely been seen in a Chelsea shirt

‘We’re in talks with Chelsea regarding Baba Rahman,’ he said.

‘There are still one or two things to clear up on their end. We could agree on a deal with the player himself relatively quickly.’

This seems the latest example of Chelsea signing a player with little plan of actually using him, and instead loaning him out to clubs around Europe to get his asking price up.

Many have gone down a similar path at Stamford Bridge and it seems Rahman now faces a near-impossible fight to have any kind of future in west London.

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