Demba Ba has left Chelsea to join Turkish side Besiktas, the player has confirmed.
The striker, who joined Chelsea from Newcastle United for £7 million in January 2013, will wear the No 9 shirt for the top-flight Turkish side after a reported deal of £8 million was completed.
Originally Chelsea valued the Senegalese international striker at £10 million but the price was eventually lowered. A profit on the 29-year-old came as a bit of a shock after only coring 14 goals in 51 appearances for the west London side.
The 29-year-old was unveiled in Turkey today, and leaves Stamford Bridge after falling further down the pecking order behind Fernando Torres, and new £32 million signing Diego Costa whom arrived to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid earlier this week.
Could have doe better?
I think many Premier League sides would have been in for Demba Ba's signature for just £8 million because they have seen in the past what he is capable of, especially at Newcastle United. Ba played extremely well during the latter stages of the season, scoring some vital goals, one of which saw the Premier League title leave rivals Liverpool's grasp.
Ba scored a total of 29 league goals in only 54 appearances in his two-and-a-half year spell up north and personally I think he could have really improved a lesser side, especially if he was the main striker that everybody looked at for goals.
For the better
Although I believe the striker still has what it takes to perform well in the Premier League, it seems this move is best for both parties. Chelsea now do not have to worry about the £80,000 a week wage slip of Ba and the striker is now looking to reinvent himself and show his new club and fans in Turkey what he is made of. I expect his goalscoring record in Turkey to be impressive, and who knows, if next season he performs well he may just come back to the Premier League.