Chelsea blocked Arsenal loan move for Demba Ba

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Arsenal were unsuccessful in their attempt to sign Senegalese striker Demba Ba on loan, after Chelsea refused to let him leave for a rival Premier League club, reports Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from west London this summer, after falling down the first-team pecking order since the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

But, after Romelu Lukaku was allowed to leave Chelsea and join Everton on a season-long loan, Ba's chances of negotiating a deadline day transfer away from Stamford Bridge faded.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had been keen to strengthen his forward line with the addition of the African striker, but was unable to add to the marquee signing of Mesut Ozil, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a club-record £42.4million deal.

Chelsea were looking for a £3million loan fee when they advertised Ba's availability, and there were a number of clubs - in addition to Arsenal - willing to pay that amount for his services.

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur had both been monitoring the player's situation, and there was also foreign interest from Napoli and Valencia.

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