Sky Sports – Newcastle To Sign Christian Atsu

Sky Sports are now reporting that Chelsea’s Christian Atsu will be joining Newcastle on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

We had an article out yesterday that ESPN and other outlets were reporting the talks were at an advanced stage, with the item being discussed the option to buy the 24-year-old Ghana international outright.

Maybe the fee is what was being discussed?

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Christian Atsu – 24 year-old Ghanaian winger

Atsu signed on for Chelsea in a £3.5M deal from Porto in 2013 on a five year deal and we would have thought he would be around that price now, after spending three years on loan at other clubs.

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).

In the 2013-2014 season he was on loan at SBV Vitesse in Holland and played 30 games with 5 goals and 6 assists.

Christian usually plays on the right wing, but he can also play on the left hand side and as a withdrawn striker.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 2013, but has never played for the Chelsea first team.

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 score after extra time.

Atsu was the Player of the Tournament in that African Cup of Nations 20 months ago.

He has 42 caps for Ghana with 9 goals and he looks a very good player.

Comments welcome.