Augsburg defender Baba Rahman’s move to Chelsea edges ever closer as the player is said to have agreed personal terms with the Blues. The 21 year old was left out of Augsburg’s 5-0 friendly win over Toulouse due to what was called a ‘muscular problem’. His current coach, Markus Weinzierl seems to have submitted to Rahman’s departure and wants the deal to be completed as soon as possible.
ESPN maintains that the London club are confident of a move being completed before the season starts with the only delay being in the two clubs agreeing. Augsburg want €25 million whilst Chelsea believe the player is worth significantly less than that.
Jose Mourinho has also apparently rekindled his interest in QPR’s Charlie Austin following the news from his medical team that Diego Costa will probably not be available for the start of the season. This would leave Loic Remy who seemed thoroughly out of sorts in Sunday’s defeat to Arsenal and a Radamel Falcao clearly wanting for pace and confidence. A proven Premier League scorer might be just what Chelsea need to mount a title defence.
The Metro reported that Chelsea were once in talks with Austin for a move which never materialised probably because of QPR’s asking price and Jose Mourinho’s trust for the players he has. Players who looked nothing like good enough in the Community Shield.
QPR are reportedly holding out for a fee around £20 million, a fee the Special One is not too keen on paying. With the season only a few days away we do not have to wait long to see which deals can be sealed before the first Gameweek.
Contribution from Kudzai Mahwite @sir_tos