There are lots of reports out today that Chelsea officials are meeting with Demba Ba and his representative in London tonight, with a possible move for the Senegal striker, and if the news is correct it could even be that Ba has played his last game for Newcastle.
Demba Ba – could be leaving Newcastle at a terrible time
But we really find it hard to believe that Demba Ba could simply walk away from the Tyneside club, who are in a terrible slump at the moment, after losing eight of our last ten Premier League games.
But it may indeed happen that Ba walks away from Newcastle, and if he does that then he’s shown absolutely no loyalty at all to the North East club, and it’s probably better that he leaves.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says he’s knows anything about the reports, when he was asked after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton earlier today, but he also added that he doesn’t talk about any pending transfers
Chelsea have agreed to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool for around 12M, and it will take that to take Demba Ba, since his representative are said to be asking for up to £5M in fees for the Senegal Rotational, and that’s in addition to the £7M release clause.
Chelsea may want to get Demba Ba to London, but there are a couple of possible problems with the deal.
One is that Demba Ba may not pass a medical because of his bad knee, and he is also asking upwards of £85K/week in wages – but Chelsea may think that’s a good deal given the low transfer fee they will need to pay for the star striker.
We would be shocked if Ba walks away from Newcastle – but it could happen and there’s nothing Newcastle can do about it.
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