Now it seems the agent of Demba Ba is talking about the transfer negotiations they are involved in, to sell Newcatsle’s Demba Ba.
The Demba Ba management team is now headed by his brother, but Armand Doorn is a member of that team and he said today that Mancsheter United were one of the clubs interested in the player.
This is what Doorn told the IBTimes UK.
“A lot of clubs are calling for Demba. At this moment we are doing transfer negotiations with his brother, before we did it alone and now we do it with his brother,”
“Obviously he is doing very well at Newcastle, he’s not injured and a lot of clubs are showing interest, but there is nothing concrete at this moment.”
“It is true Manchester United, it’s true, but nothing concrete.” “No manager has called me and said, ‘Armand, can we sit down’ and everybody is asking how much his release clause is, but nothing concrete.”
“There is a clause, but it is not simple. Newcastle knew when they signed him that it was in his last contract.”
“PSG did show some interest, maybe more concrete too, but this is because I know there are a lot of new people on the board there and a lot of people know Demba Ba already, since he was young.”
“So it is easier for them to talk to the brother, to the family and yes there is a possibility, but again, there is nothing concrete. We haven’t sat down with anybody yet.”
The Evening Chronicle reported yesterday that the clause wasn’t that simple, and with agent and insurance payments Demba Ba would still cost around £20M, and that Newcastle had to pay his agents around £2M in the summer to get him to Newcastle.
Of course the Senegal international is now at the African Cup of Nations, and we assume that can delay any move Ba may want to make in January, and Newcastle should be able to keep him at the club this month.
But in the summer it will be a different matter, and we hope that by then Newcastle can get things sorted out such as to offer the player a new deal, or at least make it more expensive for clubs, should he be sold in the summer months, by changing his contract, if that is possible.
And there should be some rules made that managers and agents cannot discuss their player’s transfer dealings in the gossip press, but we know that would be a difficult thing to control.
I got a few emails from readers yesterday saying that Demba Ba had sent this tweet out on his Twitter account at 11:00 pm on Monday evening, and translated from the French it said:
I don’t want to talk to other clubs, and I am only focused on Newcastle and the African Cup of Nations.
Ba has scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season for Newcastle, and was almost unplayable against the Red Devils in Newcastle’s historic 3-0 win a week ago.
It was only last year that we were involved with the Andy Carroll affair, and it seems we are going to have to weather this storm brewing over Demba Ba possibly leaving this January, but we don’t think he’ll leave.
Not in January anyway.