All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at Stamford Bridge.
Despite a recent patch of form, including a winning goal in the Champions League against his boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain, the player himself has admitted being frustrated with sitting on the bench at the club.
Jose Mourinho is set to sign a big name striker this summer - and that leaves Ba surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
They are said to be quoting Newcastle £7 million to bring the player back to St James Park.
Mourinho is gearing his team up to take on title chasing Liverpool this weekend and a former mentor of his in the form of Brendan Rodgers.
And the Liverpool boss revealed that Mourinho could have been at the Anfield helm once.
“There is no doubt that there was a period back in the early 2000s, that this club was a possibility for him. Maybe resources were different and he had a better opportunity to go elsewhere but make no mistake, he knows the size and prestige of Liverpool.”
Mourinho joined the throng of grievers for former Barcelona boss Tito Villanova yesterday after the 45-year-old lost his three year battle with cancer.
The two often had a fractious, but respecting, relationship during their time as rivals in La Liga - but Mourino was heartfelt in his tribute to the late Tito:
“Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and friends. On behalf of everybody at Chelsea Football Club I send my deepest condolences at this most difficult time."
He told the club’s official website that he intends to emulate the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard - and remain at the club for a very long time:
“The two years have been unbelievable for me. I think next year will be the same for me and Chelsea. I want to stay here for many years like [John] Terry and [Frank] Lampard have.”