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.