Sky Sports have reported that Newcastle have reached total agreement with Chelsea on the loan move of winger Christian Atsu, with the issue that was reported to be holding things up last night – his transfer fee – presumably having been agreed in the last 24 hours.
The agreement is a season long loan with Newcastle having an option to buy the 24 year-old at the completion of the loan.
24 year-old Chelsea winger Christian Atsu
Keith Downie on his Twitter account expects Christian to be in Newcastle tomorrow to have his medical and with the transfer window closing at 11:00 pm on Wednesday night we’re sure Newcastle will likely want to complete the transfer tomorrow.
We’re told Newcastle have reached agreement with Chelsea for Christian Atsu. Season-long loan with option to buy. Likely medical tomorrow.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 29, 2016
Since last Wednesday Newcastle have already signed three players – right-back DeAndre Yedlin, striker Daryl Murphy and left-back Achraf Lazaar.
And with the likely signing of Christian tomorrow, that will be four players signed in six days – this new Newcastle United doesn’t mess around.
Christian has speed and the left footed player usually plays on the right wing.
Here’s some information we have built up on the 24 year-old over the last week or so.
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Christian usually plays on the right wing, but he can also play on the left hand side and as a withdrawn striker.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.