Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Baba Rahman after agreeing a deal with Augsburg worth a potential £21.7million, according to The Mail.
The Blues have been chasing Rahman for several weeks as they hunted for a replacement for Filipe Luis. Talks between Chelsea and the Bundesliga outfit have been drawn out and tough, but a deal has now been struck.
Rahman has already agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea meaning just a medical stands in the way of him completing his move to Stamford Bridge. He will travel to London this week to undergo a physical examination with Chelsea doctors.
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Chelsea have agreed to pay an initial fee of £14m, but the deal could eventually go up by over £7m depending on Rahman's future success.
£3.5m of that is tied to the success of Chelsea while £700,000 will go to Augsburg once Rahman makes his 20th appearance for the club. Another big sum of £3.5m will be paid if and when he makes his 100th appearance.
Tough task ahead
The Ghana international will arrive in west London with little or no reputation, but has been watched by AS Roma, Manchester City and Arsenal in the past. At 21-years-old, Rahman has been tipped for big things in the future.
However, his role at Chelsea, at least to start with, will be playing back-up for current first-choice left-back Cesar Azpilicueta. As Luis found out last season, displacing the Spain international will be a hard task.
Mourinho is keen to strengthen his defence further and has been linked with a £30m bid for Everton star John Stones. Chelsea have already had two bids for the 21-year-old turned down, but the new offer may convince Roberto Martinez to sell.
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