Abdul Rahman Baba is set to spend the remainder of the season on loan in Greece, with Super League club PAOK Thessaloniki. The talks are said to be at an advanced stage, and according to Greek-outlet Metrosport as well as the Daily Mail, the deal could be finalized as early as tomorrow.
There is only one last hurdle that needs to be resolved, pertaining to the possibility and value of a buy-option.
Baba Rahman is expected to travel to Thessaloniki tomorrow.— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 27, 2021
PAOK expect Chelsea to clarify whether there's a buy-out clause.
PAOK will pay just €180k in terms of a loan fee and the rest of his contract will be covered by Chelsea. #CFC https://t.co/kmJyuPxqjk
With Baba’s Chelsea contract expiring in 2022, the viability of this option isn’t necessarily a given. For now, PAOK will reportedly pay €180,000 as a loan fee, with Chelsea continuing to take care of the player’s wages. Such compromises are unsurprisingly necessary in these economic times and with such a bloated squad as we have.
Either way, the 26-year-old left back looks set to embark on the next (temporary) adventure of his career, and we can only wish him the best of luck.
*sounds like a loan will happen regardless though. A lot of confidence in PAOK camp.— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) January 27, 2021