Schalke are prepared to play a waiting game over a new deal for Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba.
Schalke are keen to take the Ghana international on-loan in January for the remainder of the season.
However, Baba has only just recovered from serious knee injury, having joined Chelsea's first team training over the past fortnight. A final decision over his fitness won't be made by S04 until mid-January, says Fussball Transfers.
Baba, who spent last season on-loan with S04, suffered the injury in January on international duty.