Three full-backs Chelsea could sign if Filipe Luis leaves

Jonathan Spencer takes a look at three players Jose Mourinho could bring to Chelsea if Filipe Luis should leave Stamford Bridge

By Jonathan Spencer

Baba Rahman

There are strong reports linking Rahman as the perfect replacement for Filipe Luis and it is anticipated that a deal will be reached very soon. The 21-year-old Ghanaian would have the opportunity to learn from Cesar Azpilicueta and act as an apprentice to one of the best defenders in the Premier League. The talented Augsburg defender already has 11 international caps for his country and was a key player for the German outfit last season, as the club sealed their first ever European slot by finishing fifth in the Bundesliga. The young and gifted full-back has also drawn interest from Real Madrid, Juventus and Roma. If Jose Mourinho is successful in fending off the competition and bringing Rahman to Stamford Bridge, it could be clever business from the manager, enabling him to learn from the senior defenders, whilst allowing him to develop into a mature left back that can nail down the spot for years to come.

Ricardo Rodriguez

The defender enjoyed a successful season at Wolfsburg last term as part of a promising team that finished second in the Bundesliga. Rodriguez has attracted plenty of interest this summer, with Real Madrid identifying him as a potential transfer target. The Swiss international has both strong defensive and attacking attributes that make him a standout left back. No player in the Bundesliga with more than 20 appearances had won more aerial battles than Rodriguez. Furthermore, he averages over 2.3 interceptions per game and breaks up the oppositions attacking play with ease. The Wolfsburg star also adds a threat going forward, with his brilliant left foot. Last season, he notched up nine goals and four assists in all competitions for the German side and could definitely provide Chelsea more quality and strength in depth. At 22, Rodriguez has his best years ahead of him and can give Azpilicueta some healthy competition.

Fabio Coentrao

The Portuguese full-back is behind Marcelo in the pecking order at Real Madrid and is interested in playing his trade elsewhere after four seasons at the Spanish giants. At 27, he could provide Mourinho with a safe option in defence due to his experience and knowhow of the game, whilst playing at the top level. Mourinho has already worked with Coentrao during his time at the Bernabeu and knows he can deploy him on the left wing and in defensive midfield if they are short of cover. With Luis on his way out of the club, Coentrao could be seen as a direct replacement and would not cost too much money either for the Blues. However, this deal seems unlikely, as the Chelsea manager will surely be looking at buying future stars that can have a long and prosperous career at Stamford Bridge.

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