Demba Ba has been linked with a transfer window move to Arsenal, and the 27-year old striker had said that the Gunners would be like a dream club for him to sign for. Chelsea entered the fray, however, and the Blues seem to have almost got their man, after offering Newcastle the amount of Ba’s release clause.
Newcastle have now had to allow the Senegalese striker to talk to Chelsea, so it is just a matter of agreeing personal terms before Ba heads for Stamford Bridge. It was reported that his wage demands od over £80,000 a week may have scuppered the deal, but Skysports reports that the club have persuaded him to accept a basic wage of around £70,000 which could rise depending on performance and appearances.
Chelsea are convinced that his old knee problem is no longer an issue, and Newcastle have withdrawn Ba from their squad that will fave Everton tonight. So it looks like Arsenal have been beaten to another player, and he is not even particularly expensive.
I just hope that this means that Arsene Wenger has got somebody better in mind, such as David Villa or Fernando Llorente, not someone cheap who will take a long time to settle and improve. We shall see!