Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman has joined Chelsea, as the London club has confirmed a deal for the defender.
Mirror Football passed along the confirmation from the Blues, which came a day after DW Sports reported Rahman wouldn't be in the Augsburg lineup on Saturday, as he was in London finalising his move to Chelsea.
"We didn't want to sell Baba," Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter said, per DW Sports, "But for the fee Chelsea have paid, we were in no position to reject the offer."
The Blues have allegedly agreed an initial £14 million deal, with the fee potentially rising to £21.7 million, as detailed by Oliver Todd and Simon Jones of the Daily Mail on Aug. 11:
Talks between Chelsea and Augsburg have been ongoing for weeks and the agreement will see a further £3.5m paid in bonuses depending on Chelsea performances, £700,000 after the 21-year-old completes 20 games and a further £3.5m after he has made 100 appearances — meaning the total value of the deal could reach almost £22m.
On July 23, Augsburg chairman Jonas Hoffman warned the Blues his club did not need to sell, per Bild (h/t Miles Chambers of Goal.com).
However, he would have been all too aware of the lure presented by Chelsea to Rahman, who will compete with Cesar Azpilicueta for the left-back role at Stamford Bridge.
Here's the type of talent Jose Mourinho secured:
Chelsea need a new option after Filipe Luis returned to Atletico Madrid after just one season in England's top flight, leaving Azpilicueta as the only experienced cover in that position.
Rahman's arrival gives Mourinho the option of switching Azpilicueta to the right of his defence should he need to deploy Branislav Ivanovic more centrally.