Chelsea are ready to launch a bid for FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman this week with the German club expecting an offer of £14million, reports The Guardian.
The Ghanaian defender has long been touted as a replacement for Filipe Luis with the Brazil international expected to return to Atletico Madrid after just one season in west London.
It is now being reported that a £16m deal for Luis is close to completion, freeing up space in the squad and generating enough money to start negotiations for Rahman.
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Augsburg have so far refused to budge on their £17.5m asking price for the full-back, but Chelsea officials are confident their opening bid will be enough.
They are now the strong favourites to seal the 21-year-old's signature with other interested parties, Juventus and AS Roma, ready to give up the chase.
The young full-back has experienced something of a rapid uprising in the last 12 months and will be leaving Augsburg after just one season in Germany's top flight.
He played for SpVgg Greuther Furth between 2012 and 2014 and attracted interest from both Manchester City and Arsenal before agreeing to join Augsburg last summer.
Signing a five-year deal, he helped the club to fifth place in the Bundesliga–their best ever finish–securing them a place in the Europa League.
Future at Chelsea
Rahman may have plenty to offer the Blues, but should he make the move to Stamford Bridge then he would likely take up Luis' familiar spot on the bench.
Cesar Azpilicueta is the firm first-choice for Jose Mourinho, which is specifically the reason Luis has pushed for a return to La Liga.
Rahman will have to consider whether he can move his career forward whilst being a back-up at Chelsea and whether he can steal the left-back slot for Azpilicueta.
He would certainly have to be patient and work hard to earn a place in Chelsea's starting XI and there is always a risk that his rapid progress will stall.
Has Baba Rahman got what it takes to make it at Chelsea or will his career stall?
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