Monday, December 31, 2012
'DEMBA BA'S MOVE TO CHELSEA IS OVER AFTER UNPRODUCTIVE TALK WITH BLUES OFFICIALS
Senegelese forward, Demba Ba's move to Chelsea has broken down and the Newcastle striker is planning to speak to other clubs.
The player's representatives met with Chelsea last night to discuss a move to Stamford Bridge.
But the talks were labelled 'unproductive' and Arsenal, Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers, who are interested in the Senegal striker, can now rejoin the race.
News broke during Chelsea's game with Everton on Sunday that Ba's agents would meet with the club, but they were unhappy with the discussions, as reported by Sky Sports News.
Early reports suggest the deal could have broken down because of the 27-year-old striker's wage demands.
Due to issues with one of his knees, Ba agreed to a basic weekly salary at Newcastle of £20,000 with another £20,000 on top for appearances.
Chelsea were willing to double his pay but it is believed he wanted more.
Newcastle will have little say in his transfer away from St James' Park because of the release fee clause in his contract.
Any club wishing to purchase the striker must pay just £7.5million to enter talks with his representatives.
Any potential move for the forward will earn him a cool £2m 'loyalty' bonus from Newcastle.
The Magpies signed the striker from West Ham after the east London side were relegated in 2011.
Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Barclays Premier League appearances last season but his relationship with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew soured in September.
Chelsea will now have to consider other options to boost their ranks as they have just one striker at the club, in Fernando Torres.
Daniel Sturridge will move to Liverpool for £12m leaving Rafael Benitez with few options as he tries to get the side's title charge back on track.