Chelsea striker Demba Ba set for Besiktas

The Blues have come down from their initial €13 million asking price, say the Turkish club, as they make room for the incoming Diego Costa in the centre-forward role this summer

Chelsea are set to sell striker Demba Ba to Besiktas, the Turkish club have confirmed.

Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle in January 2013, the Senegal international has scored 14 goals in 51 games for the Blues.

He soon fell behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order, however, and the arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid this summer has freed him to look for a new club, with Jose Mourinho’s side ready to accept less than their initial €13 milion [£10m] asking price.

“The initial price for him was €13m but we’ve managed to reduce it,” Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman told NTV Spor.

“We’ll tell the media once the final deal is done.”

Among Ba’s most crucial goals for Chelsea were a late strike against Paris Saint-Germain to send the London club through to the Champions League semi-finals last season, as well as an effort to capitalise on Steven Gerrard’s slip at Anfield which spelt the beginning of the end for Liverpool’s title challenge.

Brilliant Shaw will be fantastic for Manchester United – Gary Neville

The Red Devils legend admits the 19-year-old will need time to settle at Old Trafford but is convinced the youngster will blossom into a world-class full-back

England assistant coach Gary Neville believes new Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is a “huge talent”.

Shaw, 19, left Southampton for Old Trafford in June, signing a four-year deal with Louis van Gaal’s team.

And Neville, who made over 400 appearances for United and worked with Shaw during England’s ill-fated World Cup campaign, is excited by what the teenager can offer his former club.”

I am trying to keep guarded here about the size of talent that exists in this footballer,” Neville told the Manchester Evening News.

“You are talking about real, brilliant potential. The reason United spent £27 million on a left-back at his age is because they see the huge talent and I can only endorse that.

“You have to watch him at close hand [sic] to realise that this is an incredible and hugely talented football player. Luke Shaw is fantastic.”

Shaw was picked in England’s World Cup squad after a fine season with Southampton in 2013-14, but Neville feels that the youngster will need time to adapt to life at Old Trafford. 

“United fans have got to understand, and this is not the boy’s fault… that when you sign someone at that age for £27m, you don’t get perfection straight away, but you have to give him time and space to develop,” he added.

“I think Luke will need time to settle in, as any 19-year-old boy would coming to Manchester. I am expecting he will do well this season but you will really see a really quite fantastic full-back in 18 months to two years.

“When he matures and gets used to the club and settles into the environment and understands the expectation he will blossom.

“I am hoping that, from a football point of view, he is allowed to develop.

“The manager he has now got in Louis van Gaal has a track record of working with young players, so it is all perfect for Luke.

“He has joined absolutely the right football club in terms of his development. He can achieve anything he wants at United. United have signed someone for the long-term.”

I nearly joined Dortmund, says new Werder Bremen signing Galvez

The Spaniard has revealed Jurgen Klopp’s side were unwilling to match his €4 million release clause at the time but says he is excited at the prospect of life in the Bundesliga

Spanish defender Alejandro Galvez said he was in discussions with Borussia Dortmund before opting to join Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen.

After two years at Rayo Vallecano, free agent Galvez signed a three-year deal with Werder at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Galvez was reportedly attracting interesting from several European clubs, including Manchester United, and has now confirmed he came close to a deal with Dortmund until they opted against matching his release clause.

“We met in a hotel and talked about a change,” the 25-year-old, who made 26 La Liga appearances last season and scored two goals, told Bild.

“I had an exit clause of €4million but Dortmund did not want to pay for it. Then they decided to [go for Greece international] Sokratis Papastathopoulos.”

Galvez added: “It would have been a good option, but I knew that a new one would come along. Werder is a new option.”

Transfer Talk: Man Utd in triple move


Yo, yo, yo! The World Cup is officially over, but fear not: we have transfer talk. We’ve got plenty of news and rumours on the way today as Arsenal and Manchester United look to recruit new midfielders and Louis van Gaal prepares for his first day at Old Trafford. You know what, let’s have some entrance music…
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Feyenoord ready to cash in on De Vrij amid Lazio and Manchester United interest

The Eredivisie side are open to selling the defender before his contract expires next year but are determined to hold on to midfielder Jordy Clasie

Feyenoord sporting director Martin van Geel has admitted that the Eredivisie side are willing to sell Stefan de Vrij if a good offer comes in this summer.

The young defender was one of the revelations of the World Cup and has been monitored closely by Lazio before the start of the 2014-15 campaign, while Manchester United have also been linked with a bid as Louis van Gaal continues his rebuilding work at the club.

With De Vrij’s contract set to expire within a year, Feyenoord are seemingly willing to negotiate a sale this summer – provided a strong enough bid emerges.

“Stefan is a player who came through our youth academy and played in the first team for five years,” Van Geel told De Telegraaf.

“He played an amazing World Cup and his contract is due to expire in one year.

“If the right club comes along and puts in a good offer, we will definitely look at it.”

The 22-year-old has made over 150 official appearances for Feyenoord since breaking into the first team in 2009-10 and has been capped at senior level 19 times, scoring once in the progress.

However, Feyenoord are determined to hold on to Jordy Clasie for one more season, regardless of reported interest from Fiorentina and Porto.

“Jordy is very happy at Feyenoord and we have no intention of selling him. A transfer is not really a must for him. I don’t expect too much to happen around him,” Van Greel said of the midfielder.

“We are willing to go the extra mile to hold on to him and the rest of the team.”

Feyenoord have already lost Graziano Pelle to Southampton, while Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) and Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) are both expected to complete moves away from the Rotterdam giants in the coming days.