There is some new news on Demba Ba’s contract today.
Demba Ba - can leave for £7M in next two months
In what they call an exclusive, the Daily Mirror is reporting that Demba Ba’s £7M release clause can be activated from today, for just two months until July 31st.
That’s somewhat consistent with what we heard in late January, that it didn’t become active until the summer, and we suppose it’s only active for two months.
The news is that London clubs Spurs and Chelsea are ready to go after the player, and even that’s consistent with the news yesterday, that Tottenham, who have released Louis Saha after a short five months at the club, are interested in getting Ba.
If Ba is still a Newcastle player on August 1st the release clause ends, and he will be able to leave after that only for his market value, which of course will be much higher than £7M.
Didier Drogba will leave Chelsea this summer, when his contract runs out, so Chelsea will need a new top striker to partner Fernando Torres next season, and at £7M, Demba Ba would seem a bargain.
But he would still have to pass a medical at his new club, and that by no means will be certain, since he failed his medical at Stoke City a year last January, before Newcastle took a chance on him in June, when they signed him as a free agent.
But there is also news, which is believable, that it is Demba Ba’s agents who are refusing to negotiate a new deal with Newcastle, and if the release clause is activated then Demba Ba gets around £2.5M, and we’re sure his agents will get a fair piece of the pie.
Newcastle reportedly paid them £2M last summer to seal the deal for Demba Ba, so Newcastle will get precious little of the £7M fee – maybe a couple of million.
If Demba Ba leaves Newcastle then so be it, because it means he doesn’t want to stay on Tyneside.
And as we have learned clearly over the last three years, Newcastle’s team spirit and form is so much better when players are on Tyneside, because that’s where they want to be.
And we hope this thing doesn’t drag on too long, although it probably will.