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Though it’s all quiet on the transfer front for Chelsea in terms of incoming deals – despite whisperings of a late deal for Wayne Rooney coming on the back of Jose Mourinho’s claims that managers can lie to the media to hide their intentions – they are on the verge of sanctioning another outgoing deal.
With Victor Moses sent out on loan to Liverpool for the season, and a raft of attacking options supplemented by the signing of Willian, and Porto’s striker Christian Atsu, who will spend this season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, Demba Ba has been pushed down the pecking order after just a few months as a Chelsea player.
And his likely destination, according to two of the country’s biggest football journalists is Arsenal, who have so far stolen much of the final day focus with their big money move for Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
According to John Cross at the Mirror, Arsene Wenger is on the trail of the Senegalese striker, having missed out on him in January when he headed to Stamford Bridge, and he is now firmly back in the Frenchman’s sights:
Talksport’s Ian Abraham’s agrees with that intention, confirming that Arsenal are close to signing Ba from Chelsea, as he states that France Football have said the deal is almost done:
Should Chelsea be giving one of their chief rivals the opportunity to bolster their attack? If Mourinho is so keen on letting Demba Ba leave, he would surely be better off blocking a move to a direct rival and allowing Ba to move either to Roma, who have been linked with interest, or to Newcastle, who are perpetually linked with re-signing the striker they allowed to leave back in January.
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