With Chelsea’s pursuit of Demba Ba stalled by his agents calling of negotiations on Sunday night, it now seems that was because Arsenal have entered the bidding for the 27 year-old Senegal striker.
Alan Pardew – what can I do?
Chelsea have refused to pay the £2M his agents are asking they get paid for the deal, but perhaps they are hopping that Arsenal will pay them the money and if they do they could fix the deal for the Newcastle striker to join Arsenal.
The bidding war in this case is not on the transfer fee, which is set in the release clause – but it’s on Demba Ba’s wages and the fees his agents can get for the deal.
Ba’s advisers are apparently arguing that Chelsea should be able to pay them the £2M since the London club are getting £12M from Liverpool for the transfer of Daniel Sturridge – but of course it’s not whether Chelsea have the money, but whether it’s right to pay huge agents’ fees in a transfer.
That logic would appear to go right over the heads of Ba’s agents.
And there is also interest from Tottenham Hotspur, so three London clubs seems to be interested in trying to secure the services of the current Newcastle United striker, and PSG are waiting in the wings, as some reports suggest.
Alan Pardew has called on Demba Ba to issue a statement of loyalty to Newcastle, but that will not happen, and it’s a situation that Newcastle are helpless to stop – or so it would seem.
This is what the Newcastle manager said late yesterday:
“At the end of the day if he feels that our offer isn’t right for Ba, what can I do?” “I can’t remember a situation like it, quite with this level of speculation and information being put about. So I think that’s a frustration for us as a club – massively. Hopefully he will play against Everton, but we could get an offer tomorrow and he could go. I’d save it’s evens whether he stays or goes.”
It’s an unsavory situation for Newcastle United for sure – what do you think?
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