Friday 23 March 2018

Besiktas claim to have agreed fee for Chelsea's Demba Ba

Demba Ba of Chelsea
Demba Ba of Chelsea

Matt Law

Besiktas president Fikret Orman has claimed the Turkish club have agreed a fee with Chelsea to sign Demba Ba just as the London club completed the recruitment of fellow striker Diego Costa.

Orman has revealed that Chelsea were valuing unwanted Ba at £10million, but that Besiktas have negotiated the price down.

“Demba Ba is an excellent player and we have been in talks with Chelsea for a long time over bringing him to Istanbul,” said Orman. “Talks are ongoing, Chelsea initially wanted £10 m for Ba, but we have negotiated a price we are happy with. We'll tell the media once the final deal is done.”

Spain forward Costa has long been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge and the clubs agreed a fee early this month, with Chelsea meeting his buy-out clause reported to be worth £32million.

A Chelsea statement said: "Chelsea is delighted to announce Diego Costa has completed his transfer from Atletico Madrid by signing a five-year contract. He will join up with the first team for our pre-season European training camp next week."

 Costa joins former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in moving from the Primera Division to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Costa said: "I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates.

"Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining. I would like to thank everybody at Atletico who made me into the player I am, it was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea."

Meanwhile, left-back Patrick van Aanholt, who has spent the past three seasons on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, claims he will be leaving Chelsea this summer. “Where will I play next year? I don’t know, but not Chelsea. I’m done here,” he said.

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