There is no way that Demba Ba will be joining Arsenal, if the reports about the reasons behind the collapse of his transfer to Chelsea are true. Apparently his wages are the problem, suggesting that the 27-year old or his agents want a lot more than the £70,000 a week that the Blues were offering.
It cannot be over the fee because we know that his release clause will be triggered at £7.5 million. Ba is a talented and powerful striker, but Arsenal will not pay over £100,000 a week because of the strict nature of the wage structure. Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, is now hoping that he will be able to hold on to his top scorer.
“I feel a bit sorry for Demba, because the people representing him are not representing him. There are people out there fuelling it who are not involved.
“I still think in this window he will stay because of the situation we are in, but that will be up to him.”
Ba has mentioned Arsenal as being like a `dream` move, but he will have to accept around £80,000 a week if he is to have his dream come true. There is still a possibility of him coming to the Emirates, either in January or the summer, but he will have to get his agents to tone down their requests first.