Chelsea and Newcastle have concluded a move for Christian Atsu according to Sky Sports.
Keith Downie, Sky’s man covering the north east, has revealed that agreement has been reached and Atsu will spend a year on loan at St James Park with an option for Newcastle to buy.
Christian Atsu would be Rafa Benitez’ 12th signing this summer and Sky Sports report that a medical is set to be taken tomorrow (Tuesday).
The 24 year old attacking midfielder is one of any number of promising players signed by Chelsea from overseas and then repeatedly loaned out, without getting a chance for the West London club.
Bought for £3m as a 21 year old from Porto in summer 2013, Christian Atsu was instantly loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem for the season and still hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football for Chelsea.
The attacking midfielder scored five goals in 28 Dutch league appearances but has struggled for games since that 2013/14 season.
A year’s loan at Everton saw Christian Atsu only make one Premier League start and four sub appearances, then another disastrous loan move last season at Bournemouth and the Ghanaian international didn’t make a single league appearance as he struggled with injuries.
The second loan deal of last season was slightly more successful, Atsu spending the last four months of the season in La Liga with Malaga, scoring two goals in 12 appearances – although only three were in the starting 11.
In contrast to his stuttering club career, Christian Atsu is a key figure for Ghana and if he does agree to become Rafa Benitez’ 12th signing, Newcastle will miss him in the middle of the season as he will be with his country at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon in January/February 2017.