Demba Ba has once more been linked with a move away from Newcastle, with Chelsea now reportedly interested in signing the striker for around £10 million.
The Senegal striker, 27, has already been linked with a move to Liverpool throughout the Summer transfer window, although a move failed to materialise. Now it appears Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is weighing up a move for the forward, who has scored 22 goals in 41 appearances since signing for Newcastle last season. With the ever inconsistent Torres, and the apparently imminent departure of Daniel Sturridge as their only striking options, it appears the Blues believe Ba to be the perfect foil for the likes of Hazard and Mata to link with.
With a figure of £10 million reported by media sources to be enough to pry him away from St James Park, is the sum speculated enough for a striker who has scored just over a goal every two games since his arrival from West Ham? From a business standpoint on Chelsea’s side, it’s a respectable offer for him, the knee issue that prevented Ba from moving to Stoke in 2011 has always been a concern for Newcastle, knowing that this injury is a ticking time-bomb waiting to go off. It is a case of when, and not if the injury finally takes hold of the Senegal international and cuts his career short. At £10 million, Chelsea get a striker for a price requiring minimal damage to their wallet, while Newcastle acquire a decent sum for a player they signed on a free, and whose career could end at any moment.
Despite that risk, it is ludicrous for Newcastle to even consider accepting a deal should it occur at that value. With the likes of Jordan Rhodes, a Championship player, moving clubs for £8 million, and Steven Fletcher moving to Sunderland for £14 million in the transfer window, £10 million seems like daylight robbery from Newcastle’s point of view. A striker as lethal as Ba, if English, would probably go for no less than £30 million, even if his knees were as dodgy as Ledley Kings and Darren Anderton combined. Despite the risk factor posed by his potential injury, a striker of Ba’s caliber should be considered for no less than £15 million, with the forward only just entering his prime at 27 years of age.
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