Chelsea are close to agreeing a fee with German club Augsburg, believed to be in the region of £20million for the sale of left back Baba Rahman to the defending Premier League champions.
The Blues who dropped two points in their opening day draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge have responded by looking to seal a deal for their long term target Rahman, who will be expected to provide cover and competition for first choice left back Cesar Azpilicueta, after the sale of Filipe Luis earlier in the summer.
The Ghana international who made 31 appearances for the German club last season will reportedly sign a five year deal with Jose Mourinho’s team, and is expected in London this week to complete the formalities.
Elsewhere in Chelsea transfer news, the club are expected to continue their much publicised chase of Everton defender John Stones with another offer of around £30million, which is expected to be rejected by the Goodison Park club.
Chelsea will also appeal against the red card shown to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the opening day draw with Swansea.
The Belgian keeper was sent off for denying Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis a clear goal-scoring opportunity during the 2-2 draw, with the French striker scoring the resulting spot-kick to tie the game.
If the appeal proves unsuccessful, Courtois would miss Chelsea’s game with Manchester City at the Etihad next weekend, meaning new signing Asmir Begovic would make his debut start for the Premier League champions in a match against one of their closest title rivals.