Chelsea are closing in on their third summer signing after the agent of Baba Rahman confirmed he had agreed a deal to sign for the club. However, the Blues are still negotiating a fee with his club Augsburg.
Jose Mourinho has just two recognised full-backs available in the his current squad after the departure of Filipe Luis. The Brazilian returned to Atletico Madrid after failing to settle at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea managing to regain the full £15.8million they agreed to pay for him in 2014.
Augsburg are demanding £17.6m for Rahman and it seems Chelsea are yet to meet that asking price. The Bundesliga club appear to have given the 21-year-old permission to discuss personal terms with the Blues.
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Unsurprisingly, agreeing a wage has proven much easier for Chelsea than a transfer fee. The player's agent Sascha Empacher has confirmed a deal in principle is agreed and the rubber stamps can be unleashed as soon as Augsburg and Chelsea officials come to terms.
He told Sport Bild: "It is only the clubs that have to find an agreement. We on our side are agreed."
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But while the Bundesliga outfit are playing hardball over a fee, they obviously believe that they are losing the speedy left-back to Chelsea at some point in the near future. That is because they have already highlighted their replacement. Young left-back Philipp Max completed a transfer from Karlsruher SC yesterday for a fee of €3.6m.
Relief from Rose
The news will be a relief to a number of Chelsea fans, who were left fuming after seeing their club linked with a £15m move for Tottenham Hotspur star Danny Rose. The former England Under-21 international had apparently emerged as a target for Mourinho because of his homegrown status.
Plenty of fans took to social media to tell the Special One exactly how they felt about Rose moving to Stamford Bridge.
Rahman or Rose?
Rose certainly impressed Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane last season, quickly becoming the club's first choice left-back. He started 27 Premier League games last season and was called up to the England squad in March.
Rahman, in comparison, has emerged as one of the brightest young full-backs in Europe this season and impressed both defensively and offensively as Augsburg achieved their highest finishing position in the club's history.
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