The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that the release clause in Demba Ba’s contract doesn’t take effect until the summer.
Demba Ba - unplayable as shown here against Manchester United
We have to hope that’s true because if it is, it’s small wonder that the Newcastle hierarchy were said to be relaxed about the Demba Ba contract situation.
The Journal is reporting that Ba’s own future seems to be assured on Tyneside, and in this transfer window, and the release clause in truth is not an issue in January.
The Newcastle club will now renegotiate his contract when he gets back from the African Cup of Nations, and presumably restructure his wages so he will get a higher base wage on top of which are incentives for games played and goals scored, because of his dodgy knee.
With the 15 goals scored and 21 appearances made, he should be doing very well financially so far this season.
But that knee has held up very well so far, which is another reason that Newcastle will feel okay about renegotiating the contract.
We don’t think Demba Ba has any desire to leave Newcastle United, but that will not stop other clubs from being interested in him this summer, if he manages to core say 25 goals for Newcastle this season.
But if that happens then those clubs will have to pay the market rate for one of the best strikers around, and that’s an awful lot of money and they may even have to pay the whole amount up front in cool cash – if Mike Ashley has his way
There’s not many of the big clubs have that kind of cash because the world’s top clubs clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and the like, usually borrow the money and pay for the deal in yearly installments.
That’s why most clubs are in so much debt, which is why the Financial Fair Play rules are coming into effect in Europe, to effectively save these clubs from themselves.
The good news is that Newcastle are getting into very good shape financially, and as we have mentioned before, the Tyneside club could even make a profit when the current financial year end in June.
So we think this is all good news – if it’s true – as far as Demba Ba is concerned, although he may still move in the summer.
But we’ll leave you with one question – if Andy Carroll is worth £35M how much would a club have to pay for Demba Ba?
We don’t think Ba is going anywhere, especially that Papiss Cisse will be joining him on Tyneside to terrorize Premier League defenses up and down the country.
Howay The Lads!!