Demba Ba’s potential January transfer to Chelsea has stalled after the player’s representatives revealed talks with the Stamford Bridge club had proven to be ‘unproductive’.
The 27-year-old has a release clause written into his contract that will allow him to leave Newcastle for £7.5 million in January, and his exceptional goal scoring form this season has prompted speculation he could soon secure a move away from the North East.
It was reported over the weekend that Chelsea had moved to open talks with the Newcastle forward, however that move appears to be on the rocks after Ba’s representative described talks with Chelsea as ‘unproductive’.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea baulked at Ba’s wage demands, believed to be around £80,000-per-week, double what he is said to earn at Newcastle – although the move is not dead as yet.
The paper report that further talks are scheduled later in the week with both parties keen on getting the deal done, with Chelsea agreeing to pay around £2 million in agent’s fees to help facilitate a move.
Chelsea are in need of reinforcements in attack with Daniel Sturridge seemingly on the verge of signing on the dotted line at Liverpool, with long-term target Radamel Falcao not likely to arrive at Stamford Bridge until the summer at the earliest.
When asked about Ba’s potential switch to Chelsea following their 2-1 win over Everton yesterday, interim manager Rafa Benitez said: We do not talk about our business in public. My job is to prepare the team for games and they will let me know. Ba plays for another team so I do not like to talk about it.”