As Chelsea prepares to battle Bayern Munich in the Champions League title game, the rumor mill has already begun to link the Blues to potential summer additions. The most intriguing name mentioned so far has been Newcastle United star Demba Ba.
The 26-year-old striker isn't pleased with his current club and will be looking for a one-way ticket out of St James' Park, according to Rob Stewart of Goal.com. Assuming the report is true, there will be no shortage of teams hoping to land Ba.
Both Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have been considered as potential landing spots for Ba along with Chelsea. If teams were sure he was on the market, there would surely be a couple more looking to bring in a player with his goal-scoring prowess.
Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League matches this season, including two hat tricks early in the campaign to help fuel an early Newcastle run. His production dipped near season's end, however, as he didn't find the net in any of his final 14 appearances.
A lack of chemistry between the Senegalese star and countryman Papiss Cisse has been the biggest reason for Ba's lackluster output. Since Cisse is expected to return after his late run, Ba would seemingly rather go somewhere else to jump start his career once again.
Chelsea would seem to make the most sense. Everything you need to know about the Blues' scoring woes throughout the season can be summed up by the fact John Terry finished third on the team in Premier League tallies.
Where will Ba end up?
While Terry has always been a solid defender in terms of helping in the attacking third, he shouldn't be near the top of the scoring list for a team like Chelsea with so much talent. It makes the team's Champions League run even more impressive.
Didier Drogba still showed glimpses of his former dynamic self, but he's clearly not the player that once dominated the pitch. Fellow strikers Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge had their moments, but neither one was able to maintain a high level of success.
That opens the door for Ba, whose best seasons should still be ahead of him. Having Premier League experience gives him an edge over players from other leagues that would need time to settle in to the new style of play.
Ba would make an immediate impact for Chelsea next season by giving the Blues the offensive reliability they have been lacking recently. Getting him away from a situation where the mental hurdles became too much for him to overcome would also allow him to play more freely.
The Blues don't need a bunch of upgrades in the offseason, but Ba would be the ideal way to get things started.