If reports in the British press are to be believed, Baba Rahman is set to finally leave Chelsea, with Schalke poised to seal a one year loan move for the Ghanian defender.
His departure leaves the Chelsea back line very short, particularly on the left hand side; meaning The Blues will be forced back into the Transfer Market before the season starts later this month.
There is definitely a shortage of top class left backs this summer, and so Chelsea will be hard pressed to find someone of good enough quality in such a short period of time.
Nevertheless, here are FIVE potential Baba Rahman replacements for Chelsea to chase this summer…
Santiago Arias is the player that Chelsea have reportedly turned to as they look to replace Baba Rahman over the coming days.
Arias is a left back currently playing in the Netherlands for PSV, and the Daily Mail is reporting that Chelsea have been tracking the player for a number of weeks.
The defender made 32 appearances for PSV last season, and would represent a cut price fee compared to what the club paid for Rahman last season.
With the club interested, this deal seems the most likely.
Another player that Chelsea could look towards is Wolfsburg star Ricardo Rodriguez.
The club have reportedly been looking at the Swiss fullback for a number of weeks, and it is easy to see why.
He is particularly strong going forward, with the 23 year old adept at crossing and at dead ball situations.
With Chelsea in the market for a top class left back; Rodriguez fits the bill.
Chelsea could also look to Aaron Cresswell, of whom they have held a long-term interest.
The club were last reported to have interest in Cresswell prior to the signing of Rahman; and since that point Cresswell has only gotten better.
Cresswell now finds himself as one of the first names on the West Ham team sheet, with his solid defensive quality paired with an appetite to go forward making him a manager’s dream left back.
Could Chelsea look back at an old target? Or will they look elsewhere in the Premier League?
Ryan Bertrand is a part of an increasing list of sold Chelsea players that the club quickly regret moving on; and perhaps The Blues should look to attempt to cut their losses on the young defender.
He was sold despite being a fully fledged member of the first team, and despite playing a key role in The Blues’ Champions League victory in 2012.
Since then, Bertrand has come on leaps and bounds. He has solidified his position in the Southampton first team and was a part of the Premier League team of the season during his opening year with his new club.
Bertrand is only getting better; and he would be a guaranteed success at Chelsea.
Whilst Ola Aina would not be a direct replacement for Baba Rahman, his inclusion in the Chelsea first team would add full back depth to the Chelsea back line that would mean The Blues don’t need to fork out for a new full back.
A natural right back, promoting Ola Aina would allow Azpilicueta to make the left back spot his own. If Ivanovic is injured, there will be no need for Azpilicueta to shift back to the right hand side – which was the only circumstance under which Rahman got game time last season.
Ola Aina could serve as the back up right full back, filling in for Ivanovic when applicable. On top of that, Aina himself does have experience playing on the left – so he could occasionally fill in there too.
An out of position Ola Aina would certainly offer more than the £20 million Baba Rahman.