Chelsea pulls the trigger (clause) on Demba Ba
Chelsea are set to hold talks with Newcastle striker Demba Ba after that pesky old phrase - contract clause – reared its ugly head as the transfer window opens.
January 2nd, 2013
It’s believed that any offer to Newcastle for the services of the Senegalese forward in the region of £7 million automatically entitles Ba to speak to those interested parties – and with today’s offer of just that amount coming from Stamford Bridge, the triggered release clause will at least lead to discussions, if not a signature.
With the news breaking that Daniel Sturridge has joined Liverpool, it’s clear that Demba Ba would make an ideal replacement for the Blues – his 13 goals so far this season makes up exactly half of Newcastle’s total tally. Talks between Ba and Chelsea broke down last weekend – but with the £7m release clause springing back into action on New Year’s Day, the offer is seemingly back on the table.
Earlier this week, Magpies boss Alan Pardew sympathised with Ba’s plight, as “There are people out there fuelling this who are not actually involved or want to be involved and that’s the sort of world that we are in.”
If Demba Ba becomes a Blue, it would leave Newcastle with only two recognised senior strikers – Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi, who have only eight goals between them so far this season – but also with a bit of cash with which to make some enquiries during the transfer window.