Arsenal ready to try again in January to sign Chelsea star, who currently appears surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal are prepared to negotiate with Chelsea again in January to sign striker Demba Ba, according to the Metro.
The 28 year-old forward was a target for the Gunners late in the transfer window, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho vetoing the transfer upon hearing of the north London’s side’s club record capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
“I did not accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because added to their signing of Ozil, they would have been title contenders,” said Mourinho to the Daily Express after the transfer window closed.
“Ozil is unique, there is no copy of him, not even a bad one.”
Of course, the Gunners currently top the Premier League table, with Ozil having supplied five assists and scored once in his five matches in a red and white shirt.
Whilst Olivier Giroud has been in sensational form up front for the Gunners, the lack of senior backup for the Frenchman beyond Nicklas Bendtner is a concern for Arsene Wenger, and a loan bid for Ba in January until the rest of the season could be a wise move.
Ba has played just once for Chelsea in the Premier League this campaign, and may be ready to consider an exit.
The Senegal international striker told the Independent last month he would gladly have made the switch to Emirates Stadium, and may yet get his chance.
“I was ready to go and to play there (at Arsenal), but it didn’t happen,” Ba said.
“I think I’m a good professional, and I’ve always worked hard to deserve what I have. Until today I will keep doing the same.
“I told him (Mourinho) if I stay I will keep fighting for the club and for the side. That’s it.
“Now what matters is the next months, the next years with Chelsea and that’s it.”