Chelsea are on the hunt for a new left-back with Filipe Luis set to leave the club and bwin.com’s German punters clearly believe they know the identity of his successor.
“In this moment we need a left-back because I think we are selling Filipe Luis now or tomorrow”, manager Jose Mourinho told the BBC yesterday.
Having been linked with various Premier League clubs since shining in the Africa Cup of Nations for Ghana, Baba Rahman is the man punters in Germany believe is set to fill the Brazilian’s boots.
The 21-year-old, who plies his trade for Bundesliga outfit Augsburg was available at 8/1 to be a Chelsea player before the close of the current transfer window this morning.
However, the bwin odds compilers have been seen a deluge of Euros for the move from German accounts during the course of the day, forcing them to cut the switch to 5/1, then 5/2.
Glenn Woodage of the firm had the following to say on the market plunge:
‘When we see a surge like this, we have to take notice. We saw similar movements for [Bastian] Schweinsteiger to Manchester United and with Filipe Luis seemingly on the way out, Baba at the Bridge would certainly make sense.’
Juventus and Roma are both thought to be keen to rival the Blues for Rahman’s signature according to the Guardian, yet the paper understands the player’s preference is for a move to the Premier League.