NUFC fans on Twitter are going off the reins at this morning's fresh round of rumors that Demba Ba is about to be packaged off from Newcastle, this time to Chelsea. Anything is possible, given a suitor desperate enough to meet Ba's reported wage and agent-bonus demands atop the infamous £7.5 million release. But as former "sports journalists" we offer the following as today's chill pill:
- The rumors have no independent sources, which means they're likely originating with Ba himself and/or his legions of agents.
- The Chronicle says "Ba has now told some of his teammates he wants to make the move to London." In the realm of shocks, this is barely static electricity.
- Sky lists no particular source at all, either named or characterized, using the dreaded passive-tense "Chelsea are understood" that's a specialty of the rumor-churning English press.
- The Telegraph's story appears to be based on conjecture about the ease and logic of the deal, while giving money figures of £70K in weekly wage and £2 million in agent fees that are low-ball compared to what's been reported elsewhere.
- None of the stories say negotiations have begun. Much less a medical.
- And these are the more reliable media when it comes to transfers.
So while Ba could be headed to Chelsea or another money-to-burn club in January, the idea of a move being imminent, based solely on today's reports, is almost laughably premature. We stand by our recent piece on the Demba Ba "transfer dance." Substitute "Chelsea" for "Arsenal."