Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho now knows just how much it will cost if the Blues are serious about signing FC Augsburg full-back Baba Rahman.
As relayed by the Daily Star, Augsburg chief Klaus Hofmann has confirmed that he doesn’t want the youngster to leave the club, and won’t even listen to proposals if they are below €20million (around £14m).
Chelsea’s interest in Rahman has skyrocketed since it was made clear that they would be parting ways with Filipe Luis this summer, with the Brazilian set to leave the club after just one season.
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His return to Atletico Madrid means that the door is open for Mourinho to add another left-back to his fold, one who can provide adequate competition to Cesar Azpilicueta for the starting berth. If that’s the case then he may want to digest what Hoffmann had to say.
Money no issue
We do not need the Baba millions... I am a FCA fan," he supposedly told German publication Bild.
"To me it's more important that I can relax in the evening watching a victory on TV with a beer than we have more money in the account.
"In any case, at under €20m there's no need to call."
Mourinho to take the challenge?
Indeed Hofmann’s challenge to Rahman’s potential suitors, if it can be considered as much, is made all the more interesting by the fact that Mourinho himself told the press how he would be in the market for a left-back given Luis’ imminent exit.
The supposed €20m+ price-tag that Augsburg have placed on Rahman’s head won’t phase Chelsea all that much, particularly if they’re to sell Luis for close to what they paid for him, and if Mourinho is serious then it appears that there’s very little stopping a deal.
Despite Hofmann’s claim that he’s not interested in the money €20m could go a long way for Augsburg, who themselves finished fifth in the Bundesliga, ensuring qualification for the Europa Ligue group stages.
There can be no doubt they’ll now want to push on and bridge the gap between themselves and the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, but in order to do that they’ll need money to play with.
On top of that there’s Rahman’s stance to consider. Though the 21-year-old hasn’t signalled any burning desire to leave Germany the fact remains that Chelsea are the Premier League champions, and boast more allure than Augsburg can hope to match.
If game-time is what the youngster is looking for then to stay put might be the wisest decision. If he wants to continue his development whilst playing alongside world-class players and having the inevitable chance to win major trophies then a switch isn’t a bad idea at all. Now where’s Mourinho and that phone?
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