Deal Close: The 22-year-old Chelsea full-back to make permanent move

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel claims he’s held negotiations with Chelsea about landing Baba Rahman.

The 22-year-old full-back was secured in 2015 for an initial fee of £14m from Augsburg.

But, after battling to prove himself in the Chelsea first-team, Rahman was shipped out to Schalke last summer.

And the Bundesliga giants could now keep him in Gelsenkirchen following a fantastic temporary stint.

“We are in talks with Chelsea and the player, and It is possible that he will be back at Schalke next season.

“We will not wait until he is fit again to make a decision – you cannot do that to a player. I think that there will be something to announce soon.”

The Defender has performed 13 matches for Schalke this campaign but is yet to find the net.\

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly hopeful that they can beat Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus in the race for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The West Londoners could do with new signings in midfield as Antonio Conte wants the first-choice companion for N’Golo Kante next campaign after exchanging between Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas for much of this season.

Bakayoko’s great form for Monaco has seen him linked with a crowd of top clubs, with many of his team-mates before what could be a tough summer for the Ligue 1 giants.

Monaco were beaten in the Champions League semi-final by Juventus last evening and will fight to keep hold of many of their footballer, with Bakayoko probably set to be one of the first out of the gate.

The Blues are stepping up their tries to sign the 22-year-old for about £30million, and want to secure a deal early on this summer, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The story suggests that Conte’s team are leading the chase for the France international, who looks perfectly suited for the way the Italian has his Chelsea squad set up.

The west Londoners are closing in on the Premier League crown and will need more players in their team as they are ready for life back in the Champions League next campaign.