Report: Roma negotiate for reported Arsenal target Abdul Rahman Baba, initial proposal submitted

AS Roma and Arsenal are reportedly among a number of teams interested in Augsburg’s Abdul Rahman Baba.

According to a late night report from Sky Sports Italia, Italian giants AS Roma have begun negotiations with Augsburg for their highly-rated left-back Baba Rahman.

The Ghana international was one of the standout fullbacks in the Bundesliga last season, starting 29 league matches and averaging 3.5 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per encounter.

As per a report in the German paper Bild, Arsenal were credited with a strong interest whereas the British tabloid the Guardian listed as many as six elite European clubs as potential suitors.

However, of the interested party it appears Serie A outfit Roma are the first to take the lead, reports stating negotiations are underway while an initial proposal of £5.7 million has been submitted.

“Roma’s number one transfer target is Augsburg’s Baba Rahman. There are contacts between the parties, and an initial proposal of £5.7m has been submitted despite the German club requesting £12.85 million,” the report states.

Should Arsenal enter the race to sign Baba Rahman?

The left-back slot isn’t particularly a priority for the Gunners, considering Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are both solid enough players for where the club wants to go.

That said, Rahman is arguably better than the duo and came out favourably in a head-to-head with Gibbs over a range of key defensive and attacking categories, as per a previous article in HITC.

At just 20 years of age, the Augsburg youngster has a big career ahead of him and Arsene Wenger may feel the opportunity to bring him in could prove too tempting to turn away.

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