Updated on the 15th of June 2015 at 15:06
According to the Italian website, Calciomercato.com, FC Augsburg full-back, Ghana-born Baba Rahman, is in the interest range of Chelsea FC. The Italian website reports the Daily Star claiming that Jose Mourinho would spend 30 million euros for the 20-year-old defender born in Tamale and member of the national team coached by former Chelsea’s coach, Avram Grant.
On the back of this rumour, we try to figure out how much the Estonian national team captain would cost on the transfer market if a club were to bid for him
We shall remember that Klavan has repeatedly said that he loves living and playing in Augsburg. On top of that, the club has now reached the Europa League group stage giving ‘Raku’ an incredible chance to shine in the international club arena during season 2015-16.
His contract expires in 2017 and he is already 29. Some time ago, he declared he would like to play in English Premier League and if Arsene Wenger would call him, he would go there at once.
The Viljandi-born central defender is estimated to be worth 2.5m € according to Transfermarkt.it . However the value dates back to February and we think it is worth to review it in the light of the following.
Raku has played all the 34 games of the Bundesliga and as a start, being one of the pillars of Markus Weinzierl XI. Since they were promoted to Bundesliga for the first time in 2011, the 5th place clinched during the current season is the best result ever, improving the 8th place from last season.
Klavan has been an absolute protagonist of this triumphal march to the first European season of the club’s history.
part from playing each single game, he played all the 90 minutes of those and also scored two goals. He has been included in the weekend’s best XI several times.
Very clean and disciplined, Raku has collected a mere yellow card, on 88’ minutes of a 2-0 defeat against Hannover 96. For a little while, they seemed in contention for a Champions League spot. They finished Bundesliga with 49 points (Bayern had 79 and fourth, Leverkusen, 61) and 43 goals suffered (7th best defence).
Klavan is the captain and leader of the Estonian national team. When he missed the game against San Marino for a suspension collected in the home defeat v. England, Estonian fans were shaking even though the opposition is among the lowest in the FIFA ranking (currently 194th, making the goalless draw a famous result in November).
He has played 100 games with the national team, entering the special club with few other Estonian players (8) and ahead of older teammates as playmaker Joel Lindpere (former NYC Red Bulls with Thierry Henry) and left full-back Dmitri Kruglov.
His football education at AZ Alkmaar under Louis Van Gaal was basilar.
The legend says that, in January 2009, upon signing Klavan, Louis Van Gaal put the future Estonian captain under a tactical exam.
He gave him a pencil and asked to explain the AZ’s tactical system. Later on, Van Gaal signed him from Heracles Almelo. A fun fact is that the same Van Gaal vetoed Ajax signing the Estonian defender back in 2004. It was Van Gaal to invent Klavan as a central defender (he used to play as a full-back) and Estonia will always be grateful. He learned his tactical bread in countries with long football tradition and has put it at Estonia’s service ever since.
Ragnar Klavan is to the years 2000’s what Mart Poom was to the 90’s.
Estonia do not have any other player in one of the top 5 continental leagues. Even the most celebrated midfield maestro, Konstantin Vassiljev, has reached Russian Premier League as the furthest destination and now plies trade in Poland.
Most of all, he has been away from injuries, one of the biggest plagues of Estonian players moving abroad (and let’s touch wood...).
He was almost unanimously voted ‘Estonian Footballer of the Year 2014’.
In the light of that, if a club was to bid for Ragnar, the value for the Estonian central defender shall be no less than 7-8 millions of euros.
FC Augsburg will not let me him go for just 2,5/3 millions of euros. A reasonable deal could be closed at 5/6 millions of euros to make Augsburg deprive of Bundesliga most present player.