Turkish club Besiktas have announced that they are no longer interested in signing Demba Ba from Chelsea. The 29-year-old has been linked with several clubs across Europe after failing to secure a first-team spot.
The former Newcastle and West Ham United striker started just six league matches, although he was more prominently involved towards the end of the season. Ba also scored several crucial goals including the one against PSG that sent Chelsea into the Champions League semi-finals.
Besiktas have been conducting negotiations with Chelsea for several weeks, but they have now announced that a deal could not be reached. Besiktas director Onder Ozen said:
“Fikret Orman [the Turkish club’s president] met twice with the CEO of Chelsea [Ron Gourlay] however, a deal did not materialise. We are no longer interested in Ba.”
Chelsea would ideally like to receive most of the £7.5 million paid for the striker in January 2013. It is highly likely that Besiktas were not willing to pay this figure for a player on the verge of hitting the 30 mark.
Ba recently stated that he had spoken with Mourinho and that the Portuguese reportedly wanted him to stay. Towards the end of May, Ba said:
“Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season.
“He assured me that my situation would change. I see this as my reward from God. I weighed up the pros and cons and will stay put to see what happens.”
Chelsea are soon expected to announce the signing of Diego Costa for £32 million. This coupled with the return of Romelu Lukaku and Patrick Bamford will leave Mourinho with five strikers at his disposal. It would not be surprising to see two of them leave before the transfer window closes.