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The Senegalese striker has 13 goals from 20 appearances for the Magpies this season, and with a £7 million release clause in his current contract, he could offer excellent value for money.
However, complications involving agents and a sell-on fee will probably bump the price up over £10 million. (via The Mirror
Talks between Ba's representatives and Chelsea have broken down, with the deal offered by the Blues "not even close" to meeting the demands of the player and his agent. (via The Independent)
Update 4/1: Done deal
Ba is now officially a Chelsea player having passed a medical at the club. The 27-year-old has signed a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee, although his contract with Newcastle United was thought to contain a £7 million release clause.
He will be available for selection in the Blues' FA Cup tie with Southampton
, as well as the League Cup semifinal with Swansea City
but he is ineligible to play in the Europa League, having appeared in the competition for Newcastle this season.
In his first interview since the deal was confirmed, Ba said "When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that's something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one." (via chelseafc.com