Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle are keen on Chelsea’s 24 year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu, and they want to take him on loan for the seaosn.
Sky Sports Keith Downie says that Newcastle have inquired about the winger, who seems to have played very little football over the last couple of years.
24 year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu
We understand Newcastle have enquired about taking Chelsea’s Christian Atsu on loan. But he’s one of a number of players they’re looking at.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 25, 2016
Over the last two years he’s been on loan at Everton (13 appearances – 2 assists) Bournemouth (2 appearances – 1 assist) and Malaga (24 appearances – 4 goals) so over the last two seasons he’s played 39 games.
Christian usually plays on the right wing, but he can also play on the left hand side and as a withdrawn striker.
He has been at Chelsea since signing on for them back in the summer of 2013 on a five year deal for a fee of £3.5M from Porto, but he has never played for the Chelsea first team.
In the 2013-2014 season he was on loan at SBV Vitesse in Holland and played 30 games with 5 goals and 6 assists.
Atsu has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
He helped his country finish as runners-up in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, when they lost 9-8 on penalties to the Ivory Coast after a 0-0 final score after extra time.
He also was the Player of the Tournament and also scored the Goal of the Tournament – he scored two goals in total and both were against Guinea in the quarter finals.
It was his second goal in that game after 61 minutes that was voted the goal of the tournament as he swings the ball in with his left foot into the top right hand corner of the net.
The loan deal would probably be with an option to buy, so Rafa could take a look at him before committing to make it a permanent deal next year.
Rafa Benitez is looking to sign a winger before the transfer window closes in the middle of next week and an attempt to sign Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert earlier this month was unsuccessful.