Chelsea have completed the deal to sign Demba Ba from Newcastle for £7m, following a prolonged medical.
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Newcastle were given some good news today as star striker Papiss Cisse reaffirmed his intention to stay at St James’ Park. The Sun have reported that despite growing interest from Europe’s elite, the Senegalese striker wants to stay in the North-East for ‘many years’ after coming so close to Champions League qualification last year.
It is no wonder teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to bring the 27-year-old to their respective clubs. After signing for £10-million in January, Cisse went on to score 13 goals in 14 games including a wonder volley at Stamford Bridge in May. The same hope cannot be kept for strike partner Demba Ba as a £7 million release clause attracts interest from around Europe.
Newcastle have earmarked Luuk De Jong as their insurance should they lose Demba Ba this summer. The Daily Mirror have reported that the Tyneside club have been watching the Dutch youngster for two years and are now thinking about an offer. They are expecting to lose Ba for £7 million, with Tottenham being the favourites to sign the Senegalese striker and believe that De Jong will be available for the same amount.
FC Twente won’t be too keen on selling the highly rated attacker after he netted 32 goals in 50 games for the Eredevisie side last season, although manager Steve McClaren has admitted it will be hard to keep him. The Dutch international has played seven games for his country, scoring once.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba’s much talked about release clause comes into effect on Thursday, with both Chelsea and Tottenham ready to pounce.
The Daily Mirror report that the release clause, thought to be in the region of £7million will only be active for two months, given the 27-year-old his own transfer window essentially and this has alerted Chelsea and Tottenham who will jump at the chance to sign Ba for as little as £7million.
The striker scored 16 goals for Newcastle last season as they qualified for the Europa League but its thought that the release clause was essential in securing Ba’s signature.
Demba Ba has been a revelation since he joined Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, but members of the Newcastle camp have always been concerned by the £7 million buy-out clause in his contract. The Guardian is today reporting that Ba has refused to renegotiate this contract, leaving the buy-out clause in, and making him a cheap target for top sides including Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea are another team linked with the Senegalese striker, as he could provide a back up option to Fernando Torres.
Ba netted an impressive 16 goals last season; however the majority of these were scored at the start of the season before the arrival of his fellow country-man Papiss Cisse. This dip in goals in the second half of the season may prove just enough to keep him at Newcastle for at least another season.