Chelsea FC are close to securing the signature of Augsburg left back Baba Rahman for a fee of A?17.5m as per reports in the Guardian. .

Chelsea FC are on the lookout for a left-back following the sale of Brazilian fullback Filipe Lu s to Atl tico Madrid a and it appears the Blues have a replacement already lined up in Ghana international Abdul Baba Rahman.

The 20-year-old is coming of the back of an impressive campaign with Bundesliga side Augsburg with whom he was one of the key players, as they finished fifth in the league table and qualified for European competition for the first time.

It was reported earlier that Chelsea FC were looking to sign Rahman, with Manchester City and Arsenal FC also eyeing a move for the leftback.

Chelsea FC set to sign Rahman

However, if recent reports from the Guardian are to be believed, Chelsea have won the race to sign the Augsburg leftback.

The report says:

Chelsea are poised to sign Baba Rahman from Augsburg after submitting a a 25m (A?17.5m) bid for the 21-year-old Ghana defender.

After Filipe Lu s was sold back to Atl tico Madrid after just one season at Stamford Bridge, Jos Mourinho has stepped up his search for a replacement left-back this week. Augsburg rejected an initial offer of around a 20m (A?14m) for the player they signed from Greuther FA?rth only last summer for A?1m but are now expected to agree to the transfer, which also contains significant bonuses.

Rahman’s agent confirms move closer

When asked about his impeding move to Chelsea FC, Rahmana s agent, Sascha Empacher, told Guardian sport: a Both clubs are still working on fine-tuning but we hope the agreement will be finalized soon,a

According to the report by the Guardian, Chelsea FC were first alerted to the talent of Baba Rahman by their former manager, Avram Grant, who is head coach with Ghana. The 21-year-old was part of the squad who reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, losing on penalties to Ivory Coast.

Having begun his career in Ghana at Accra-based Dreams FC, Rahman has enjoyed a meteoric rise and was nominated as the best left-back in his first season in the Bundesliga, losing out to Bayern Municha s Juan Bernat.