Christian Atsu could shortly be unveiled as Newcastle United’s first signing of the summer.
Sky Sports report that the club are negotiating with the winger to reach agreement on a transfer which would see United paying Chelsea £6.2m.
The winger has just spent a year on loan at St James Park and fans were split on whether the deal should be made permanent.
It was widely reported that the loan arrangement contained agreement on a transfer fee of around £6.5m if Newcastle decided to keep him – with Sky Sports saying the club want to do this now if they can agree terms with Christian Atsu.
Recent days had seen media claims that Atsu’s personal terms were already agreed with Newcastle from the date when the loan move commenced.
Whilst it was also alleged that the guaranteed price tag Newcastle had been given by Chelsea would run out seven days after the end of season – which would have been yesterday (Sunday).
Whatever the truth of that, a fee of around £6m or so looks about right for a player who has blown hot and cold this past season but has undoubtedly shown glimpses of real quality in that time.
If Newcastle do reach agreement with Christian Atsu, the move would then formally go through when the transfer window opens once again this summer.
Christian Atsu joined Chelsea for £3.5m four years ago from Porto and is just one of numerous players recruited by Chelsea who hasn’t played a single game for them.
He clearly is never going to get a chance for Conte’s Premier League winning side and with now just one year remaining of his five season deal, he looks definitely to be on his way, whether that is Newcastle or elsewhere.
St James Park has been his fifth loan destination since joining the blues and if he is ever going to get his career going properly, Christian Atsu needs a place he can call home.
He has scored five goals and grabbed three assists in the Championship for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez only gave him 15 starts in the Championship, six in 2016 and nine after the turn of the year, whilst he has also came off the bench 17 times in the league.
He did have some injury problems but in 18 months at Premier League Everton and Bournemouth on loan, Christian Atsu only started one game in the top tier.
He turns 26 in January and has only made 78 league starts in his entire career, making more first elevens for Ghana than any club he has been at so far.
Christian Atsu did end the season with a few more starts, at least in part down to Matt Ritchie’s injury/suspension and did pull his finger out as the campaign drew to a close. The final three matches seeing goals against Preston and Cardiff, as well as a very good performance against Barnsley on the final day.