Demba Ba could be closing in on a move from Chelsea to Turkish giants Besiktas, according to recent reports.
The Daily Telegraph suggests that the Senegalese striker - who only arrived at Stamford Bridge from Newcastle during the reign of Rafael Benitez last January - is wanted by the Spor Toto Süper Lig outfit on an initial loan deal with the option to trigger a clause that would see him move to the Vodafone Arena on a permanent basis.
While the same source claims that Chelsea would prefer to see Ba exit permanently, they could well be appeased by the fact that Besiktas would apparently be willing to pay a large cut of his hefty £80,000-per-week wages.
Those wages appear to be the only reason Ba hasn't left Chelsea already this summer, with Everton reportedly harbouring concerns over a potential loan deal of their own due to an inability to match those demands.
Despite having scored one or two important goals for Chelsea last season - his winner against boyhood idols Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League certainly stands out - Ba has never really settled in West London.
His fortunes were not helped by last summer's arrival of Jose Mourinho, with Ba slipping down the established pecking order during the Portuguese's unsuccessful first season back in charge.
Ba certainly wasn't the only Chelsea striker who could perhaps be accused of a lack of consistent form under Mourinho, however, with the recently-departed figure of Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres also failing to prove themselves in front of goal.
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Indeed, Ba's chances of establishing himself during his second full season at the club appear increasingly remote, particularly with Mourinho having moved quickly to bolster his forward line with the addition of Spanish international Diego Costa from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last month.
The future of the likes of Ba - and perhaps even Torres - may ultimately rest on the outcome of the current saga involving fellow Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
21-year-old Lukaku has enjoyed two hugely prosperous loan spells during recent seasons, yet his future with his parent club remains shrouded in mystery and uncertainty.
If Mourinho did concede to strong fan opinion and attempt to incorporate Lukaku into his first-team setup for the 2014/15 campaign, it seems almost certain that Chelsea would be looking to ensure that Ba exits.
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