Reports coming out of Sky Sports today indicate that Championship winners Newcastle United are in talks to seal a permanent deal for Chelsea’s Christian Atsu.
The 25-year-old spent the season on loan at St James’ Park and did reasonably well, netting five goals and laying on three assists to help Rafa Benitez’s side pip Brighton to the title on the final day of the season.
And now it appears that the Magpies want to strike up a deal with the Premier League champions to secure the permanent signing of Atsu ahead of their return to the top-flight next term.
The North East giants are reportedly eyeing up a £6.2 million deal for the Ghana international as per a clause in his contract, in what could be manager Benitez’s first signing of the summer as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.
And news of a potential deal for Atsu has stimulated quite the response from Newcastle fans on Twitter, with some welcoming the news, and others not overly sold in the idea of landing the winger on a permanent basis…
@SkySports_Keith personally i dnt think he did enough.. but towards end of season he did much better.. cheap squad option i guess
— Stuart Paterson (@Stui_86) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith Isn’t near good enough but showed promise towards the end of season
— Nathan Moat (@nathanmoat) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith Good squad signing, £6m not bad – made some important contributions, Brighton assist, Preston goal, Cardiff free kick. Technically decent.
— Dan Sherliker (@dannysherls11) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith Sorry but he’s not good enough, it’s lua lua all over again
— Pelton Crown ova 40s (@CrownPelton) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith £6m is peanuts, he will get better with Rafa. I’d still like to see a more accomplished winger arrive as well.
— Dan Sawyers (@DanSawyers) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith Over the Moon with this!
— CΛLVO (@CalvinNUFC_1998) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith Not bad, really started show form when he got consistent games in the last few months
— Josh Blakey (@lil_josh92) May 15, 2017
@SkySports_Keith Bargain for a squad buy
— Jamie Fenton (@FENTONXII) May 15, 2017