Abdul Rahman Baba
Chelsea want to sign the defender to replace Filipe LuisGetty

Chelsea have entered the race to sign £15m ($23.7m) rated Ghana left-back Abdul Baba Rahman from Augsburg in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The defender is being monitored owing to question marks over the future of Filipe Luis at Chelsea, who is demanding a move out of the club after failing to make the starting line-up in Jose Mourinho's team. The former Atletico Madrid man has made 20 starts for Chelsea in all competitions last season, with only nine of them coming in the Premier League.

Cesar Azpilicueta has remained Mourinho's first choice in the left-back department and at 29, Luis is not willing to sit out another year on the sidelines. Baba Rahman has already made 11 starts for his national team and has been a key player for the Bundesliga club this season.

Augsburg finished the season on fifth spot and claimed a position in Europe for the first time in history. The impressive performance has urged Baba Rahman to consider his future and would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge to emulate Ghanaian legend Michael Essien.

However, he is desperate for regular game time, something which may not be afforded to him at Chelsea, having seen Luis struggle to displace Mourinho's preferred players from the starting line-up. Juventus are also believed to be interested in the defender and would offer him a better chance of featuring regularly in the squad.

Mourinho has revealed that he wants to strengthen his squad for next season with a few signings in key areas to increase competition.

The Blues are on the verge of completing the transfer for Radamel Falcao on a loan deal from Monaco, with the striker failing to live up to expectations at Manchester United last season. This has put Loic Remy's future under threat, with the striker considering moving out of the club in search of better opportunities.