Newcastle fans will have to get used to seeing some of their top players linked with other clubs this summer.
Demba Ba – after scoring against Man United – congratulated by Ameobi
There was a story a couple of days ago that Chelsea were interested in both Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul and Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote.
And if the papers are to be believed today there is a wide-ranging story that Chelsea are also interested in Newcastle striker Demba Ba, who so far has scored 16 Premier League goals this season, and was picked up from West Ham on a free transfer in the summer.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp let the world know in January that Demba Ba’s contract has a £7M release clause in it, so technically if a club wants Ba, then Newcastle must sell at that figure.
However, Newcastle are very savvy financially, as demonstrated by the excellent financial results they released a week or so ago.
And we cannot believe the club will not change Ba’ contract before the summer, and also give the lad an extension to his contract , which has two years to run at the end of June.
Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini have been signed to long term deals, and so has Cheick Tiote.
If Demba Ba is signed to a new long term deal, and the release clause is taken out of his contract, Chelsea will have to cough up some big money to get the Senegal striker.
But with Chelsea having made losses of £68.8M in the last financial year on revenues of just over £205M, and a £72.3M loss the year before that, we wonder when they are going to start to try to balance balance their books to eventually become compliant with the Financial Fair Play rules being introduced for European clubs.
They cannot go on spending big money on players and continue to make big losses, as they’ve done since Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich took over the club in June of 2003.
If Newcastle do what’s necessary before this summer with Demba Ba’s contract, it will costs Chelsea a pretty penny to get the lad out of Newcastle.