The teenage 'million jewel' on Arsenal and Chelsea's radar

Arsenal and Chelsea are said to be monitoring the progress of a teenager who is making waves in the Bundesliga.

He has stopped Thomas Muller in his tracks when he took on the might of Bayern Munich; and his reputation is presently soaring as a result.

His name? Abdul Rahman Baba, or Baba Rahman as he is also known. Mostly, it's simply Baba. At just 18-years-old he has broken into the first team of the Bundesliga's bottom place side Greuther Furth.

Bright spots have been few and far between for the club, who won promotion into the division last season and appear destined to make a return to Germany's second tier.

But mixed in with Greuther's paltry tally of 12 points this season is the emergence of teenage defender, Baba, who has become a regular for them at left-back. He impressed when taking on Bayern recently, even though his side lost 2-0, he helped keep German international winger Thomas Muller quiet.

Baba hails from Ghana, and is the captain of his country's under-20 side. If he carries on his development it will not be long before he graces the senior international set up.

He has been described in Germany as a 'million jewel' by his coach as to his raw potential and young excellence, and the praise is rolling in.

Coach Mike Buskins told Bild: "He has extraordinary potential. I've never seen a 18-year-old like it."

He is undisputedly a name to watch due to the fact Greuther are destined for relegation, 12 points from guaranteed safety, and four points off the relegation/promotion play-off.

There is a possibility they could stay up, but if relegation does occur, it is unlikely Greuther will be able to resist any decent offers for their new star. However he does have a contract until 2017, so they are under no obligation to sell, but finances may dictate otherwise.

Bild report that three clubs, Arsenal, Napoli, and Chelsea enquired after Baba in the summer - That was before he had made a single professional appearance for the club.

Arsenal have just signed Nacho Monreal at left-back, and Ashley Cole has signed on at Chelsea for another year, but it isn't impossible they would look to add a talented young left-back to the mix, and even loan him back out to let him develop.

Remember the name, because Baba could be a star for a generation to come.

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