Newcastle buying Chelsea loanee Atsu for $8 million

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Multiple reports say Newcastle United has agreed a fee to make Christian Atsu‘s loan from Chelsea a permanent deal.

The Ghanaian flash, 25, posted five goals and three assists for the Magpies in their Football League Championship title-winning season, the latest loan stop after time with Malaga, Bournemouth, Everton, and Vitesse.

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Atsu’s fee is said to be around $8.4 million. The winger plays mainly on the right but can also slide inside or man the left, and has 10 goals in 53 caps for the Black Stars.

Rafa Benitez is expected to again have massive turnover in a bid to renew Newcastle’s tenure as a top half team in the Premier League. The Magpies have been linked with Leicester’s Wes Morgan, Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, and Udinese’s Orestis Karnezis.