Chelsea reject Demba Ba is reportedly a target for La Liga side Valencia in the January transfer window, with a £7m bid thought to be in the offing from the Spanish club.
Ba could not even get on the pitch when manager Jose Mourinho made ten changes for the 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, which his team are 11/4 second-favourites to capture this term and could be tempted by a move to Spain after Christmas.
Mourinho has limited the Senegalese striker’s game time at Chelsea to 173 minutes this season.
Ba’s two Premier League goals for the west Londoners in the second half of last season may not have set the world on fire, but 13 in his 20 top-flight games for Newcastle prior to the move should have ensured the 28-year-old was given a fair chance under the Blues’ current gaffer.
Mourinho has preferred Fernando Torres – who only got off the mark in the league this term last time out against Man City – and Samuel Eto’o to lead the line ahead of the former Hoffenheim man.
Ba’s strike rate of 42 goals in 98 games in England suggests a £7m fee for the forward would be excellent value.
It is understood that Chelsea are only looking to recoup the same amount they paid Newcastle when activating Ba’s release clause in last winter’s transfer window.
This would represent incredible value for a player who has scored 111 goals in 239 career appearances, especially considering PSG paid more than five times that amount for Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani – who has a similar career goals-per-game ratio to Ba – over the summer.
Valencia have admired Ba from afar for some time and almost signed the striker before he moved to England.
Los Che were linked with the 6ft 2in forward before he left Germany for West Ham back in 2011 and have been watching Ba’s career in England with great interest since.
There has been a fair bit of business done between the Mediterranean coast club and the Blues in recent times, with Juan Mata swapping the Mestalla for Stamford Bridge just over two years ago and midfielder Oriol Romeu making the opposite journey on loan during the summer.
Valencia have a good relationship with Chelsea and would likely be first in line should the striker come on the market in January as the west Londoners do not want to sell to a Premier League rival.