Newcastle United are set to complete the signing of Chelsea winger Christian Atsu in a £6.2 million deal, according to Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old moved to St James’ Park on a season-long loan deal last summer and went on to play a vital role in securing the Magpies’ promotion back to the Premier League, making 35 appearances, chipping in with five goals and three assists along the way.
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He is believed to have agreed personal terms with the Championship winners and will sign a four-year deal to become manager Rafael Benitez’s first signing of the summer.
The Ghana international, who has represented his country on 42 occasions, found the back of the net against Preston North End and Cardiff towards the end of the campaign, helping Newcastle leapfrog rivals Brighton and Hove Albion to clinch top spot in the league.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Portuguese side Porto back in 2013, Atsu has been loaned out to a number of clubs in search of regular first-team football and enjoyed a successful season with Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse Arnhem during the 2013/14 campaign.
Spells at Everton and Bournemouth proved to be less fruitful, making just five top flight appearances, all of which came whilst at Goodison Park.
Following a short stint with Spanish outfit Malaga, Atsu joined Newcastle on the final day of the summer transfer window and will now leave Chelsea on a permanent basis without ever having made a single first-team appearance for the Blues.
Earlier last month, the speedy winger spoke of his desire to return to the Premier League and heaped praise on the impact that Benitez has had on his career.
“It just didn’t work for me at Everton or Bournemouth”, Atsu told the Daily Mail.
“I am more focused in my life now. I have forgotten what happened in the past. You need to be in the moment. It is my dream to play in the Premier League, that is why I signed for Chelsea. Everyone in Ghana watches our football.
“Now I have that chance. Rafa Benitez has helped me so much this year, he is not only a great coach, but a great man.”