Arsenal and Manchester City have joined Chelsea in pursuit of hotly-tipped left-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg, who has long been on the radar of the Premier League champions.
Chelsea have identified the talented youngster, who is also a Ghanaian international, as a star of the future and wish to bring him to Stamford bridge to initially act as cover in the left-back position for Cesar Azpilicueta. Though they now face a fight for his signature from their domestic rivals who are also believed to be vying his services according to the Evening Standard.
NEED FOR A LEFT-BACK
Filipe Luis currently fills the role of reserve left-back option for the blues having been brought in from Atletico Madrid for £16million last summer, however after just one season in England he has grown frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities.
Although Luis made a respectable 30 appearances last season, by and large he was mainly deployed for cup matches and although this include tan initial run in the Champions League, it soon became clear that he would remain the club's second-choice when he was subsequently dropped by Chelsea for the knockout stages of the competition.
As such the 29-year-old defender has expressed his desire to force a move elsewhere meaning that it has become increasingly important for Chelsea to sign a replacement.
FULL OF POTENTIAL
At just 20-years-old Rahman is relatively inexperienced in his position still, however his assured displays last season led many to believe that he was the stand-out left-back of the Bundesliga last season.
A constant fixture in the Augsburg team for the season just gone, he played a crucial part in the club's victory over Champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, a feat achieved by only three other teams last term.
Reportedly available for £14.2million, Arsenal and Manchester City have both been encouraged to join the bidding on the back of Rahman's impressive displays but will have to act quickly if they are to hi-jack Chelsea's target.
One potential sticking point in any deal however, will be Rahman's desire to play regular first-team football, something, which neither of the Premier League trio could necessarily guarantee, therefore potentially making room for another late suitor to join the party.
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