Chelsea Transfer News: Picking a Starting XI to Include Demba Ba and Torres

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Chelsea Transfer News: Picking a Starting XI to Include Demba Ba and Torres
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Chelsea appear all but set to sign Newcastle United striker Demba Ba in the January transfer window, according to reports from various media outlets.

Both The Guardian and The Telegraph report that the Senegalese striker is set for a switch to the West London club after Chelsea activated the buyout clause in his contract.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was quoted saying that Ba will go to Chelsea "with our blessing," and is likely to complete his medical at the club sometime this week—the final step remaining before either club can officially announce the transfer.

Believed to cost around £7 million, Ba will reportedly sign a five-year, £70,000-per-week deal at Stamford Bridge that will see him play alongside Fernando Torres in the top of the attack—a move that hopefully brings good reward for Rafa Benitez and the Blues themselves.

How will Ba fit into the starting lineup and how will he do it alongside Torres? Here's a starting lineup that could be used to accommodate for both strikers.

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