Chelsea in talks to sell Demba Ba – the break Romelu Lukaku needs?

Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Turkish side Besiktas about a deal for striker Demba Ba.

Following Samuel Eto’o’s exit from the club, Chelsea could be set to offload another striker in Demba Ba.

The Senegalese international has been at the Blues for 18 months, joining in January 2013 from Newcastle United. His time at the club, however, could be coming to an end as, according to The Mirror, wealthy Turkish giants Besiktas are reportedly in talks with Chelsea over a possible £8 million deal.

Ba has been on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s squad throughout the season, and despite two vital goals against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in April and May, the Chelsea boss remains unconvinced and appears willing to sell him if the price is right.

Such a deal could leave Chelsea with just two recognised strikers - £50m underperformer Fernando Torres and the exciting yet inexplicably out-of-favour Romelu Lukaku.

For reasons unknown, 21-year-old Lukaku hasn’t been in Mourinho’s plans since the self-proclaimed 'Special One' returned to Stamford Bridge last summer.

The Belgian international spent the majority of last season on loan at Everton, where he helped himself to 15 league goals and six assists in 29 Premier League starts – a stat which has made him Europe’s most prolific striker for his age.

A recent hat-trick while on international duty further showcased his incredible talent, yet speculation remains that Lukaku could be shipped out on loan again this summer.

Selling Ba, however, could force Mourinho’s hand to keep the former Anderlecht striker and the chance for Lukaku to finally make his mark on the Blues team could come.

Tall, strong, excellent in the air, silky quick feet and guaranteed goals – Mourinho has his perfect number nine and he may just be forced into using him next season.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch