There’s more news today in the local papers about the possible departure of Demba Ba in January, when that £7M release clause in his contract becomes active again, as it was last June and July, and which created a circus atmosphere around the player possibly moving to another club.
Demba Ba – in action at Reading
And on his Twitter account last night he tweeted “here we go again” and that is thought to be a reference about the Sunday newspaper reports of him leaving Newcastle via the release clause.
These seem to be some of the reasons why Demba Ba’s departure from Newcastle may not happen – because he is simply too expensive:
- Ba’s demands are said to be at £90K/week, and just think – a five year contract amounts to £22.5M in wages alone
- The fee for him to leave is said to be around £7.5M, with apparently agent fees on top of that – and that’s at least £2M – maybe even more – so say £10M in total
- Other clubs will have seen how his agents have made a mockery of his contract – and they will likely want a similar release clause in any new contract at another club – and then the same thing could happen all over again with his reps shopping him around
- Demba Ba does have a knee problem, which is said to be degenerative, and when he failed his medical at Stoke almost two years ago – it was described as a ticking time bomb – and to commit to £22.5M in wages over five years would be a huge risk for any club
- Ba has said to his representatives that he wants to stay at Newcastle (wonder why they will not listen to him?), and is said to be annoyed about talk he is not fully committed to the Newcastle cause
It’s thought that Ba wants a similar deal that Newcastle have given to their captain Fabricio Coloccini, which is though to be around £60K/week.
With 24 goals in 52 total appearances for Newcastle, he’s probably worth that – don’t you think?
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