Ba not a big enough name for us says Galatasaray chairman.
Posted on June 16th, 2012 | 30 Comments |
Well, the latest “silly season” non-story about Galatasaray making a “daring raid / swoop” for Demba Ba seems to be dead in the water, with Galatasaray’s Chairman, Ünal Aysal coming out and saying that the club will not be making a move for the Toon’s Senegalese hitman.
Claiming that the striker wasn’t a big enough name to replace ex Liverpool striker and bouncing Czech, Milan Baros, if he leaves the club. Baros can currently be seen strutting his stuff at the ongoing European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine. Of course, when he suggests that “Ba” isn’t a big enough name, it probably has nothing to do with the fact that it is only two letters long (sorry, I’ll get me coat…).
Anyway, Aysal told the meedja:
“Ba’s name was suggested to us by a committee member and we opened negotiations after approval from (coach) Fatih [Terim].
“However, negotiations have stopped. We already have [Johan] Elmander and have two other strikers.”
“The future of [Milan] Baros is uncertain and if he leaves, we will replace him with a bigger name. Demba Ba is not that striker.”
However, Turkish journalist, Mahmut Donuk, told a slightly different story, suggesting that it could be the old “ticking time bomb” in Ba’s knee could have been the real problem, if indeed this isn’t just another daft shadow play, possibly involving one of Ba’s army of phony agents or whatever.
Donuk allegedly told Newcastle United site, NUFC Fans:
“The situation is pretty complex. Galatasaray wanted Ba at first and they spoke to Newcastle United. Now, they’ve changed their mind. I don’t think it’s about wages. There is a real concern that his medical record in the past hasn’t been great.
“There were reports here in Turkey yesterday that the management wanted Demba Ba but Fatih Terim didn’t want him. So, there was this conflict in the management too.
“The club has now decided against signing Ba.”
In other news, it has been alleged in the French media that while Newcastle United have made a bid for Yohan Cabaye’s close friend and ex Lille teammate, the Lille and France full back, Mathieu Debuchy. According to Lille’s chairman, Michel Seydoux, it was only a mere €5 million (approx £4 million) and understandably turned down. If true, this would be less than half of Debuchy’s current estimated valuation, though this would be nothing new for the new Newcastle under Mike Ashley.
“Newcastle proposed a fee this week of five million euros for Mathieu Debuchy, who is under contract until June 2015,” said Seydoux, then adding:
“We are not sellers. We did not sign a new contract with Mathieu last year to get one further season. He is part of our plans. He is a man of Lille!”
So there you have it, more silly season nonsense to keep you entertained!