English champions, Chelsea are reportedly lining up a transfer fee in the the region of £20m for FC Augsburg defender, Baba Rahman. The 20-year-old left-back, who is also effective as centre-back, has enjoyed an eye-catching season in the German league this season and is now a highly sought after player in Europe, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all linked with a summer move for the talented youngster who currently has made the highest number of tackles in the German Bundesliga this season.
Baba Rahman, who started his career at the famous Asante Kotoko FC of Ghana back in his native country, only moved to Germany in 2012 where he feature briefly for newly promoted German side, SpVgg Greuther Furth before joining FC Augsburg in 2014. If the latest Bundesliga player index is anything to go by, Rahman is highly rated after making thirty one (31) top-flight appearances this season and is considered as one of the brightest emerging talents in Germany.
Though Rahman still has quite a lot to prove in his relatively young career, the 20-year-old has shown signs of tremendous development in recent months. Rahman’s high tackle rate speaks volumes of his defensive abilities and having about twenty four (24) chances and four assists to his name, perhaps proves he is quite impressive going forward on the offensive. One only needs to look at his statistic of 44 successful take-ons out of 67 to see his attacking prowess.
Chelsea would be looking to bring Rahman in as a defensive back-up to the first-team, which may have an adverse effect on the 20- year-old’s progress as first-team football for Rahman would be very hard to come by in a star studded team like Chelsea. On the other side, the Ghanaian defender’s current contract could see him stay at the Augsburg until 2019, which would be a massive boost to his development in the game. Overall, a Chelsea move for Rahman would perhaps mean the English side have the future in mind, as many have tipped the 20-year-old as a likely replacement for John Terry, 34, who is currently on a-year-roll contract and may not be around for too long.