Wednesday 18 July 2018

Chelsea agree Baba Rahman deal

Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman is Chelsea-bound
Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman is Chelsea-bound

Chelsea have agreed a deal for Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman, the German side have announced.

The Barclays Premier League champions, who lost 3-0 at Manchester City on Sunday, will sign the 21-year-old Ghanaian for an undisclosed fee.

Augsburg confirmed on their official website: "Augs burg and Chelsea have agreed on an immediate transfer of left-back Baba Rahman. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose the fee."

The German club's general manager Stefan Reuter said: "Baba Rahman has developed tremendously in his year with us and made a great leap. It's not just reward for his achievements, but also for our work, if international giants like Chelsea are interested in signing him."

Rahman played 31 games for Augsburg last season after joining from German second division side Greuther Furth.

He said: "I thank all those responsible, the coaches and fans of Augsburg, for their support last year.

"I have to take this chance to play at a top club in England, although I was actually set on a long-term stay in Augsburg a year ago. I felt very comfortable in the team."

Rahman who was left out of Augsburg's 1-0 Bundesliga defeat to Hertha Berlin so he could complete the formalities of the move, cost Augsburg 2.5million euros (£1.75million) last summer.

The Blues confirmed the deal after their defeat to City, with Rahman adding on "I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I can't wait to train with my new team-mates and am very much looking forward to working with them and Mr (Jose) Mourinho."

Manager Mourinho, speaking in his post-match press conference at the Etihad Stadium, said: "It is important because he is a left-back. He can compete with (Cesar) Azpilicueta.

"At the same time Azpilicueta can compete with (Branislav) Ivanovic for the right-back position, so he replaces Filipe Luis in the balance of the squad."

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