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Demba Ba Newcastle Return Story Based On A Lie

8 years ago
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A story that has surfaced yet again in recent days is that of a Demba Ba Newcastle return.

First of all you would have to ignore the ‘small’ obstacles of Mike Ashley now suddenly being willing to pay the wages to Demba Ba that he refused to when the striker was at St.James’ Park, as well as believing the player himself would be wanting to return to a club that is an even less appealing prospect than the one he couldn’t wait to get away from.

However, where these stories really fall apart is the way that so much of the media has ran the story, with many journalists basing their ‘story’ as follows;

‘Newcastle United are set to make a summer move for Chelsea forward Demba Ba who is set to see his Blues contract expire this summer.’

The story thus being that Ba would be available for nothing so it would appeal to Ashley/Newcastle/whoever as you could give Ba his wages potentially thanks to the transfer fee being saved.

When I kept reading that line in various places, I knew there was something that just didn’t ring right about it and then the penny dropped.

Why on earth was Demba Ba only given an eighteen month contract by Chelsea? I know they are in the habit of chucking Abramovich’s money about but paying a reported near £10m transfer fee plus probably at least the same again in wages, the much publicised extortionate agent fees and other add ons…well surely even Chelsea aren’t that stupid?

A quick check of Chelsea’s official website gave a bit of clarity to this ‘story’.

In their Demba Ba profile it said the following;

Demba Ba signed on 4th January 2013 for an undisclosed fee.

The Senegal international moved to Stamford Bridge following an 18 month spell at Newcastle United, and signed a three and  a half year contract with the Blues.

Oh, a slight problem there. Ba isn’t out of contract this summer and indeed still currently has over two years of his contract to run.

So – no free transfer, no ‘bargain’, no Ba to Newcastle (as we knew anyway) and of course zero basis to this story.

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