The Mirror is reporting that Christian Atsu has been recommending his Chelsea and Ghanaian team-mate Abdul Baba Rahman to Rafa Benitez as a potential signing for Newcastle this summer.
Certainly we need to bring in a left back to challenge Paul Dummett for the left-back starting position next season, with Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar likely to be leaving the club before next season starts.
LIke many younger players at Chelsea, Baba Rahman has found it difficult to get much playing time in the first team with the Blues although last season he did make 23 appearances for Chelsea.
22 year-old Chelsea left-back Abdul Baba Rahman
This season he’s been playing on loan in the Bundesliga with Schalke 04, where he’s made 21 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
He turns 23 in July but the problem for Newcastle could well could well be the high fee for the talented youngster who already has 19 caps for Ghana.
But maybe we could even bring him in on loan for the season?
Rahman was signed by Jose Mourinho two years ago for Chelsea, when he arrived from Bundesliga club FC Augsburg for £22M.
He looks a very good young player – something that will attract Rafa, but we wonder if we have the money this summer to spend at least £22M on him when there may be other priorities to strengthen the team.
As we said before, maybe a loan deal this season with an option to buy next summer would be a decent deal for Newcastle?
What do you think?