Chelsea appears to be in pole position to sign Ghanaian defender Abdul Baba Rahman. According to sources, at ESPNFC , Chelsea are leading the race to procure the services of the 21-year-old left back.
Rahman, who plies his trade for Augsburg in the BundesLiga, has been a revelation this season. His performances at the left back have helped his team finish at an unprecedented fifth position.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the player, Baba Rahman started his career in the Ghana Division Two, where his performances earned him a move to Ghana Premier League. During his stint at Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, he was nominated for the League’s Discovery of the Year award in 2012. This prompted newly promoted Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Furth to sign him, and ever since this move, Chelsea scouts have been keeping tabs on the talented youngster.
Baba Rahman was one of the stars for Augsburg last season. His performances earned him praise from Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso, who is of the opinion that “he has the ability to become a top left back.” Not only was Rahman sound defensively with a 75% tackle success rate, he also made 4 assists from 29 appearances, using his tremendous speed and dribbling ability.
Rahman is a top talent, and Augsburg President Klaus Hoffman told Sport Bild last month that they would only consider bids of over 20 million Euros. Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter told Four Four Two:
“Baba’s got a long-term contract and said numerous times that he’s feeling very comfortable here. We haven’t got any offers, so it’s not relevant for us at the moment. However, if his development continues like this, it is possible that he might leave us sometime in the future.
If a player from Augsburg can make the move to a top club in Europe and the numbers add up, we will discuss it and consider whether or not it makes sense. I don’t see him leaving this summer.”
Source – Chelsea News 24
However, according to sources at ESPN FC, Rahman wants a move to the Premier League, and Augsburg have already accepted the fact that a move to Chelsea may only be a matter of time. With the future of Filipe Luis in doubts, after the Brazilian left back was unable to earn a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are in the market for a left back, and Abdul Baba Rahman seems a smart choice given his young age and potential!
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