By Aramide Oladipo
Bundesliga side Schalke are currently holding negotiations with Chelsea over a potential summer loan move for defender Baba Rahman, according to the club’s sporting director.
The 23-year-old played for the German outfit on loan last season but his spell was cut short after he suffered a serious knee injury whilst on international duty with Ghana in the African Cup of Nations in January.
The full-back enjoyed a decent campaign with Schalke last year, producing two assists and scoring the winning goal against Ligue 1 side Nice in a Europa League group stage match.
Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel, as quoted in the Daily Mail, reveals that the club are speaking with the Blues about a potential deal but admits that nothing has been agreed.
“We are in talks with the player, his advisor and Chelsea,” he said
“Ultimately, it is about when Baba will be able to play again. No decision has yet been made.”
The full-back completed a move to Stamford Bridge two years ago and he has made a total of 23 appearances in all competitions for the club – all coming in his debut season during the 2015-16 campaign.
Rahman’s current contract with the Premier League champions runs out in 2020.
Football Insider verdict:
Given the lack of players currently available in the Chelsea squad, it wouldn’t be a wise move to allow yet another youngster leave the club on loan this summer. Once Rahman returns to full fitness, he should be given the chance to be involved in the Chelsea first-team this season. The full-back is still young but he has already experienced playing international football with Ghana and he has already been involved in Europa League and Champions League matches. During his debut campaign, interim manager Guus Hiddink gave the youngster a number of starts for the team and he impressed with his performances and following a decent spell with Schalke last season, Chelsea seriously need to consider him as a potential defensive option especially after losing their first two competitive matches of the new season.