Demba Ba could have played his last game for Newcastle, as Chelsea have officially triggered the £7M release-clause in his Newcastle contract – and Newcastle have no option but to give Chelsea permission to talk to the striker about terms of a potential deal, as the London club are willing to meet the release clause in his contract.
Demba Ba – looks like he’s on his way
And Demba Ba has therefore been withdrawn from the game tonight against Everton, and that’s of cause a precaution, in case he should be injured, and it now looks more likely that he will join Chelsea and leave Newcastle half way through the season for a bigger pay day elsewhere, and when we are struggling a bit in 15th place in the league table.
Chelsea’s move was obviously timed so that Ba would not play tonight, and we’ll just have to see how the negotiations proceed and whether Chelsea are willing to pay the fees requested by his agents, and whether the Senegal striker can pass the Chelsea medical if terms are agreed.
A Newcastle statement issued this afternoon read as follows:
“Newcastle United can confirm that Chelsea Football Club has made an official offer for Demba Ba which has triggered the release clause in the player’s contract.”
“The club has given the player permission to speak to Chelsea FC and therefore he will not be included in the squad for tonight’s game against Everton.”
Demba Ba and/or his agents are chasing the almighty dollar (or should that be the almighty pound?), so there’s nothing much we can do about it and if he wants to leave for more money – so be it.
There are some positives if he does move on – as it will leave Papiss Cisse in his favorite position up front in the center – and the disquiet caused by the ridiculous antics of his agents (a better description would be mercenaries) over the last six months or so, will be over and done with – thank goodness.
And those Newcastle players who have been upset that Ba could leave Newcastle in mid-season will have a chance to settle down, and get on with the job at hand – which is to start winning games.
Now we have to make sure we beat Everton tonight – otherwise it could be real doom and gloom on Tyneside.
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