Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman has completed a loan move to RCD Mallorca after signing a new contract with the west London club, as confirmed by their official website.
The Ghana international joined the Blues from Bundesliga side Augsburg in 2015 for a fee that was reported to be in the region of £20m. However, it has not worked out for him at Stamford Bridge. He has made just 23 appearances for the side, spending the rest of the time out on loan.
He has also struggled with injuries and subsequent fitness. As such, the 25-year-old has joined the newly-promoted La Liga side for a season-long loan and has also signed a one-year extension to his contract.
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The left-back is now the 24th player contracted with the Blues to be away from the club on a short-term basis. That may seem a lot, but it is nowhere near the highest tally for a campaign: that is 41.
Many have slammed the Stamford Bridge outfit for their loan policy, but it is actually an important source of income for the club. It often revolves around putting players who have little future with Chelsea in the shop window to allow them to be sold at their highest-possible value later on.
There have been some example of players who have been sold for high fees on the back of positive loan spells. Kevin De Bruyne departed for £19.8m, which at the time represented more than a £12m profit, whilst Nathan Ake moved on for over £20m after playing in the club’s academy.
For a club that is often slammed for their excessive purchases, they have a net spent of just £120.79m in the last five years. That figure is lower than 11 other Premier League clubs, and the loan policy contributes to that massively.
Whilst Chelsea are unlikely to recoup the money they paid for Rahman four years ago – it is just one of those transfers on which they may need to take a loss – an impressive campaign in one of Europe’s top five leagues will no doubt increase his market value and make him more of an attractive signing to others. It may be frowned upon, but the Blues are using the system to their advantage.