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Chelsea favourites to land Augsburg defender - report

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Young Ghanaian left-back Baba Rahman had a great season playing for Augsburg, helping the club achieve 5th-place Bundesliga final and a Europa League group stage qualification. Rahman's solid defensive performances combined with a number of assists were bound to make bigger clubs take notice of him, and so far this summer he's been linked to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

And according to ESPN FC, Chelsea is leading the race to land him.

Manchester City and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in Rahman, but ESPN FC has been told that Chelsea are in pole position to land the left-back.

The ESPN FC piece also has quotes from Augsburg's president Klaus Hofmann from an interview given to Sport Bild last month, in which he says that Augsburg would only listen to offers for the young player above €20 million due to their healthy financial situation. In an interview with regional newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine earlier this week, Augsburg director Stefan Reuter said there were no bids so far for the left-back.

[...] There have been no concrete offers for [Baba Rahman]. [...] We are totally relaxed. We want to keep our sporting potential at Augsburg, but if extreme sums are offered we will think about it.

Source: Augsburger Allgemeine via ESPN FC

Those "extreme offers" probably the €20 million mooted by Augsburg's president, which is close to £14.2 million at current exchange rates. Given that we're seemingly on the verge of selling Filipe Luis for the same amount of money back to Atlético Madrid, shelling it out on a prospect as good as Rahman seems a good way of expending our resources.

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