Chelsea are ready to throw new signing Baba Rahman in for an instant debut at West Brom on Sunday – but it will not be John Terry that makes way.
The £21.7m full-back, had his first training session with Chelsea yesterday after his move from Augsburg, and is in line to take his place in a defensive reshuffle being considered by manager Jose Mourinho.
The man whose place could be under threat is Serbian stalwart Branisav Ivanovic, who has had a torrid time in the first two games of the season, which have seen Chelsea pick up just one point and get beaten 3-0 at Manchester City on Sunday.
Ghanaian Rahman, 21, could come straight in at left-back, with Spaniard Cesar Azpiliceuta switching to his normal right-sided position in place of Ivanovic.
Chelsea had a £30m offer for Everton’s England defender John Stones rejected yesterday, but are expected to raise that offer to £40m in the next 48 hours in a bid to land another player Mourinho has coveted all summer.
Chelsea captain Terry, taken off at half-time in the humbling at City, is expected to be reinstated to his normal starting position in the crucial game at the Hawthorns.
Chelsea have turned down an offer from Juventus for Brazilian midfielder Oscar, but the Italian club are also interested in a loan move for Colombian flop Juan Cuadrado.
Chelsea could let the £23m winger go as Mourinho wants to bring in another attacking player. Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid and Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon are his chosen candidates but only if he can unload one of his surplus squad players.
Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has warned they have got to stop feeling sorry for themselves and keep working to turn their stumbling season around.
The Bosnian was thrown in at the deep end at City as the deputy for suspended first choice Thibaut Courtois. The former Stoke keeper was Chelsea’s stand-out player in a demoralising defeat in their worst start to a season since 1998.
Begovic said: “We still have a strong squad. We just need things to click. We are getting our sharpness back. Training has been competitive and strong.
“A couple of things are not quite going our way right now but this is no time to start feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to pick ourselves up quickly, improve and pick up points.”
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