Chelsea Open Talks With Arsenal Target Demba Ba

By on December 30, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, more on the future of Demba Ba.

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Representatives of Newcastle striker Demba Ba are due to hold talks with Chelsea tonight ahead of a potential £7m move when the transfer window re-opens next month, according to Sky Sports.

Ba has been in superb form this year and scored his 13th goal of the season against Arsenal on Saturday. Sky Sports report that the Gunners, Tottenham and Chelsea are all interested in the Senegalese hitman – who has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract that will become active on January 1st.

However, the report claims that the European champions have moved into pole position to land the 27-year-old with Ba’s representatives set to hold talks with the West London outfit on Sunday night over a potential move next month.

The Daily Mail claim that Chelsea are on the look-out for a replacement for Daniel Sturridge, who is said to be on the verge of a £12m move to Liverpool, and they are understood to have turned their attention to Ba after being told they will have to wait till the summer to have any chance of signing long-term target Radamel Falcao.

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A move to Stamford Bridge would represent a huge opportunity for Ba but where would he fit in? It’s unlikely he’ll start ahead of Fernando Torres and he isn’t comfortable playing in the wide positions, so it’s difficult to see him featuring in Rafa Benitez’ first-choice eleven.

Should he end up moving to Chelsea, Ba is likely to be nothing more than back-up for Torres so you would have to question his motives for moving. Surely he’s more likely to get game-time at Arsenal or Tottenham? Although Arsene Wenger seems to have found himself a new striker in Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud is settling well after a difficult start to life in north London, so maybe Ba would also find himself on the bench if he moved to the Emirates.

At Tottenham, he would have to contend with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor. Defoe has been a regular under Andre Villas-Boas, so if Ba moved to Spurs it’s likely he’d fight it out with Adebayor for a first-team place to start alongside the England striker.

While his talent is unquestioned, making the move to a top-four club is never guaranteed to work out and if he does end up leaving St James’ Park for one of London’s top clubs, Ba may have to put up with spending more time on the bench than he’s used to at Newcastle.

Would you like to see Ba at your club next month? Get involved in the comments section below.

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15 Comments

  1. Jinky Jim

    December 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    really hope he leaves the Toon,then we can have Cisse playing in is No.9 role, a better option than Ba,who can take his crazy get out clause to Stamford.

  2. Anjorin alaba micheal

    December 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    We need him(Ba) at emirate for competition between the strikers

    • chris from Cambridge

      December 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      If Cheslski want him the will get him. And I dont see how Ba would get more game time at Arsenal ? Wenger only uses one central striker and knows no other formation. Chelski (like most other clubs) are more flexible in the way they play.

  3. Idowu adewole zaria kaduna

    December 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    We need no ba. All we want is welliamz

  4. Savou

    December 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    If Ba wanna go to chelsea, let him… when Moses go to come to chelsea, alot of people said he won’t find any position to play, but now look at Moses at chelsea. Demba ba.., this a chance in a million time, wish u well.

  5. Byron Mukutiri

    December 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    We now know that Wenger will never buy established players so lets forget about Ba at Emirates

  6. joe

    December 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Ba may never b first choice bt he’s definitly a good team player…underated n cheap. I hope d deal pulls thru!

  7. Bog

    December 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Bloody foreigners. This government needs to sort out immigration.

    • bug

      December 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Its foolish of you to use such words that breeds contempt..u are nothing but a nitwit who is so dumb and living in d past as not to know dat the world today dont adopt an adolf hitler philosophy..dont vent your frustration on wellmeaning immigrants and get a life you looser!!

  8. emma

    December 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Chelsea realy need ba there is no way ba will not outshine that £50m floop who is only good at missing chances. With the creativity in blues midfield ba will definately outshine torres.

  9. Jobugar

    December 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    we need u ba more.

  10. adebayo

    December 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    ε̲̣̣̣̥ need demba ba i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ arsenal at least τ̲̅ȍ contend wit likes º°f oliver giroud n theo walcott. ε̲̣̣̣̥ still have more games n competition coming our way S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ arsenal need more player τ̲̅ȍ contend 4 [̲̅d̲̅] trophy. ε̲̣̣̣̥ Ħɑ̤̈̊√є̲̣̣̣̥ FA cup i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ [̲̅d̲̅] front,UEFA champions league is there 4 us n even premier ship S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ ε̲̣̣̣̥ need more players τ̲̅ȍ compete 4 [̲̅d̲̅] trophy

  11. bc

    December 31, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I dont really understand the clamour for more strikers in walcott (14) giroud (9) podolski (9) and cazorla (7) we have the best quartet of attackers in the epl. sure the back up options of chamberlain rosicky gervinho and chamakh/arshavin could be improved upon but realistically who is better than our first choice 4 and is available? i guess if we signed a new CF and a new left winger we could allow arshavin chamakh and even gervinho to leave. i would also like to see santos squillaci and djourou replaced by a left back and centre back whilst also i would like to see a DM come in for eastmond and denilson.

  12. Bog

    December 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Bug, I have a life but I pay too much tax to look after you bums, enjoying our benefits system? I hate what this country is becoming. Just give give give and you lot take take take.

  13. Big

    December 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Bug, I have a life but I pay too much tax to look after you bums, enjoying our benefits system? I hate what this country is becoming. Just give give give and you lot take take take.

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