Newcastle United now have 24 hours to decide whether they will complete the permanent signing of Christian Atsu.

That is according to ESPN, who back in April said that they’d spoken to people close to the player and they’d confirmed that the £6.5m clause in the loan deal which provides for a permanent move, allow Newcastle seven days after the end of the season to decide.

The Barnsley game on Sunday 7 May saw Atsu and Newcastle conclude their season, so that would make tomorrow (Sunday 14 May) the deadline.

Christian Atsu joined Chelsea for £3.5m four years ago from Porto and the agreed fee for Newcastle is said by ESPN to be £6.5m, with the player’s personal terms having already been agreed at the start of the loan period.

Atsu is just one of numerous players recruited by Chelsea who hasn’t played a single game for them.

Whilst there are claims that the West London club could potentially offer him a new contract, that is surely wide of the mark.

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.

Whether that should be Newcastle United is a subject of some debate amongst fans – he has shown some moments of quality but others would say these are few and far between with the player flattering to deceive. Atsu scoring five goals and grabbing three assists in the Championship for Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has only given 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.

Difficult to see that when he can’t get a game ahead of Yoan Gouffran in the second tier, Atsu is somehow going to become a first team regular in the Premier 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.

  • Lord

    Buy him, sell Gouff. We paid almost double that fee for Cabella and almost double that fee for Thauvin and neither worked out. Buying a loan player isn’t as exciting as spending on someone brand new but the guy is Prem quality on his day and his goal/assist return is decent for the number of starts. Seems like he’s happy here. Good player to have come off the bench.

    • Burt Humperdink

      No need to sell Gouffy he’s out of contract. I agree on Atsu as a squad player for pace though.

  • hetonmag

    I would say no IMO he just hasn’t done enough we need to look for an upgrade because PL defender’s are much stronger in the premiere.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    I suspect Atsu will be a NUFC player in August but the price will be negotiated down. The headline figure will still be £6.5m but that will include a goals target, appearances and even a place finish bonus.

  • Iain Elrick

    I really hope we do sign him, just think how hard it must be to get settled if your always loaned out, I think he could really improve once he knows where he’s gna be

    • Malcolm Fisher

      When you’re on loan, that is the time to show how good you are. You’re in the shop window and have to perform every week….he does not do that. At time’s he is off the pace and looks disinterested.

  • Wor Lass

    Rafa will heve decided a while back whether or not he wants to keep him. If nothing`s happened yet then I suspect it`s not going to – unless they`re haggling behind the scenes to bring his price down. I don`t see why Chelsea should expect to double their fee for a player they don`t want and have farmed out to all and sundry (and us!).

  • Andy Mac

    It’s interesting to note that Transfermarkt suggests his value has spiralled downwards since he first moved to Chelski. When he went to Vitesse on loan it was £5.10m then by the time he turned up at SJP it was down to £2.55m. Seems to me that if Chelski want to do business then they need to be a little more realistic about the guys valuation ? £2.55m with add ons perhaps ?

  • He may not be a definite starter, but a proper cover. We also need a good bench to compete in the Prem. I say we give him a shot. Price is not much, and he definitely has potential. Could do a lot worse.

  • Paul Busby

    For 6.5…. keep looking.

  • nufcslf

    I hope he is signed and given another chance starting next season. I would like to think he would look a better player again playing with the player’s Rafa has in mind to bring in over the summer.

  • MadMag83

    It all depends on what money Rafa has to play with. If the transfer budget is small then £6.5m would be a bit steep. But if there’s money to burn then why not.