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Surprise name emerges in Chelsea's left back hunt

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There are less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season and Chelsea are at least one defensive signing short of a full squad.  While adding another center back like John Stones may be a nice-to-have, bringing in a replacement left back for Filipe Luis is a must-have.  Filipe has yet to officially sign for Atletico Madrid, but he's been camped out in the Spanish capital for almost a week now, just waiting for the green light.  Meanwhile, we've been supposedly working hard to get young Baba Rahman in, but if a report from the Transfer Market Oracle is to be believed, we might have other options in our left back hunt as well.

Alex Telles is a 22-year-old attacking full back who joined Galatasaray 18 months ago from Gremio for €6m.  He's been the Turkish champions' starting left back ever since, including in our Champions League Round of 16 meeting two seasons ago.  Di Marzio's report does not mention a potential transfer fee, but when Roma, Inter, and PSG were interested in him earlier this summer, the prices quoted were in the region of just €8-10m, which is roughly half of what it would take to prize Rahman away from Augsburg's clutches (at least).

Whether there is actual interest on our part or this is just a negotiation tactic (see, we don't need you sell us Baba either) remains to be seen of course.  Until then, here's the obligatory YouTube highlight video.