Newcastle agree £6m fee with Chelsea to sign Christian Atsu

The Newcastle manager, Rafael Benítez, is closed in his first signing after the club return to the Premier League following the agreement of a fee with Chelsea for the midfielder, Christian Atsu.

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It is understood that the two clubs have reached agreement on a deal that would cost Newcastle in the region of £6m for the 25-year-old Ghana international to the promoted club took an option to move the player in the loan permanently. There is, however, to go a distance, before the transfer is complete.

Atsu made 32 League games and scored five goals for Newcastle this season on both sides of a trip to the Africa Cup with his country, Cameroon lost to the eventual winners in the semi-finals.

He took the time to adapt to life in the championship but a significant influence towards the end of the campaign as Newcastle staged a late counter-attack to snatch hold of the title of Brighton & Hove Albion.

He scored in the 4-1 victory over Preston North End, promotion secured, and again in a 2-0 victory at Cardiff City four days later, setting the stage for a dramatic final day.

Atsu Chelsea joined in a £3.5 m switch from Porto in the summer of 2013 and since then loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem, FC Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga, as well as the St James’ Park.

Benítez and the managing Director, Lee Charnley, who was told by the owner Mike Ashley, that they can spend, “to the penny” of the club is generated through advertising and player sales, less the running costs, are attempting to create their business early as they prepare to take on the challenge of establishing the club back in the top group.

Atsu ‘ s capture would be a good start and signal the beginning of a concerted recruitment drive with the Spaniard in no doubt that his team needs to be much stronger.