Tottenham manager “Droopy” announced to the world before the last January transfer window that he had discovered Ba had a £7M release clause in his contract. Since then, United have pretty much confirmed it exists, although we are informed that it’s not quite in the form that Droopy thinks it is.
Ba has not said much, and there were rumours that United were trying to re-negotiate his contract with the club to take the offending clause out – but given the stance of the club on wages, I doubt if they have much room for manoeuvre, as they apparently have an upper limit on what they are prepared to pay individual players – any individual! From Ba’s perspective of course, his game is about goals – and he had scored 16 before he went off to the African Cup Of Nations, but didn’t score a single one when he came back, after his role was changed to accommodate the arrival of his mate Papiss Demba Cisse.
United manager “The Twice Chosen One” Alan Pardew has gone on record imploring the Geordie faithful to tell Demba they love him, as with Ba it’s not about money, he just needs to feel wanted – Howay Man Pards that’s a load of syruppy bow locks!!
So the situation is that when the transfer window opens, Ba will be free to talk to anyone who has £7M burning a hole in their back pocket. If the media are to be believed, so-called “big clubs” Chelski and Manchester United are prepared to love him (did you see what I did there Pards?), with little Tottenham and Droopy hanging around like a bad smell in the background. How those clubs will weigh up Ba’s medical records and dodgy knee rumours against their 7M smackers is up to them of course! Ba’s proposed £5 million move from Hoffenheim to Stoke City in 2010 collapsed because of an old knee injury, while a switch to Stuttgart a year earlier was also called off following a medical.
It would be great if Demba chose to stay – and lets be fair, its not a foregone conclusion that he will leave. Although he didn’t score in the latter half of the season, he came close on numerous occasions – and I’m sure a tactical genius like Alan Pardew can come up with a formation which gets him back scoring.
For United fans, there’s also the worry of what impact it would have on Papiss Demba Cisse if his mate was to leave? We’ll just have to see how this one unfolds.