Tuesday May 16, 2017. 15:00
Newcastle United and in negotiations with Chelsea over a permanent move for Ghanaian player Christian Atsu, according to Sky Sports.
The Black Stars winger impressed while on loan at Newcastle during the 2016/17 season, playing an important role in the team’s promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old registered five goals and three assists in 32 league appearances for the Magpies.
Newcastle have reportedly triggered a clause in Atsu’s loan contract which will allow them to sign the player for 6.5-million pounds on a four-year deal.
Manager Rafael Benitez is hopeful of landing the player as he prepares his squad for the challenge of top flight football.
Atsu has been on Chelsea’s books since signing from Porto in 2013. He has had loan spells at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga and Newcastle.