Abdul Rahman Baba has passed his medical as he prepares to sign for Chelsea from Augsburg.
The left-back will add an attacking thrust to a back four that ordinarily plays a central defender at right-back - Branislav Ivanovic - and a left-back who prefers to play on the right - Cesar Azpilicueta.
With a full-back added to the squad, Chelsea will continue their search for a central defender and they are preparing an alternative to the Everton defender John Stones.
The Express reports that Chelsea will bid for the Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger if the move for Stones is not successful. Available at around £20m compared to Stones' valuation of over £30m, would the Germany international be the shrewder investment?