Newcastle United have bought out Chelsea wing Christian Atsu with 6.2 million pounds, completing a deal that had been rumored since Atsu was first sent out on loan to Newcastle last summer. The Ghanaian will reportedly sign a four-year deal with Newcastle as they prepare to take on the Premier League anew. This marks Newcastle’s first major signing since the promotion was clinched. Atsu says, “It is my dream to play in the Premier League… Now I have that chance.”
The 25-year-old was expendable for the Premier League champion, given that he never made an appearance with the team in his four-year stay. During that time, Chelsea sent him out on loan to Vitesse Anhem, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga and finally Newcastle. With the latter team, Atsu scored five goals in 35 appearances, a lower number. However, he was a key contributor to Newcastle’s successful season that allowed them to earn an invitation back into the top level of English football, so one could see this as a way of demonstrating their gratitude to the African national. One example of his ability to perform in the clutch was the goal he scored in the 4-1 victory over Preston North End, the match that clinched Newcastle’s promotion to the top level.
Atsu began his professional senior career with FC Porto in 2011 and spent two years with the team, including a lengthy loan to Rio Ave, before Chelsea bought him out in a 3.5 million pound deal. Meanwhile, Atsu was busy helping out on the Ghanaian national team, helping them to varying degrees of success, including a runner-up finish in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. In that tournament, Atsu won Player of the Tournament honors, as well as Goal of the Tournament for his two-goal performance in a quarterfinal victory over Guinea.