16 May

Newcastle open talks with Christian Atsu over £6.2m Permanent move

Newcastle United are in talks with Christian Atsu in their quest for his season-long loan from Chelsea a permanent deal, according to Sky Sports sources.
 
The 25-year-old has an option in his contract that allows Newcastle to sign him for £6.2m and Sky Sports News HQ understands Rafa Benitez is keen to secure his services ahead of the club's return to the Premier League.
 
Atsu, who scored five times in 35 appearances as Newcastle won the Sky Bet Championship title, is likely to become Benitez's first signing of the summer.
 
The Ghana international joined Chelsea from Porto four years ago but has not managed to make a single appearance for the Blues.
 
The Black Star has previously loaned out to Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga.
 
Atsu has 13 months remaining on his current contract at Chelsea.
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