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Everton move for Christian Atsu falls through with Chelsea concerned he won't play

Published on: 07 August 2014
The Blues pulled the plug on deal for the highly-rated Ghanaian winger

Chelsea have pulled the plug on their Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu's loan move to Everton amid concerns that he wouldn't get enough first team action.

Everton had beaten a number of clubs to secure the signature of the 22-year-old Ghana winger, who impressed in a loan spell in the Netherlands last season.

Atsu, signed for £3.5m from Porto last summer, impressed at Vitesse Arnhem last season, scoring five goals and adding six assists in the Eredivisie.

The deal that took Romelu Lukaku to Everton last week reportedly included a clause that would allow the Toffees to take another player on loan at Goodison Park.

Initial talks proved productive, but Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror, have accused Everton of changing their minds on the deal.

Jose Mourinho is keen to send Atsu to a club who are committed to playing him next season - with Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar and others in the squad that would not have been possible under Roberto Martinez.

Sunderland, West Ham and Aston Villa are known admirers of Atsu, while a number of European clubs are also keeping tabs on his availability.

 Do you think Atsu should play in England? Do you think regular playing time is important? Do you think he should return to Holland? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 2 comment(s), give your comment
  • kwame-blz says:
    August 07, 2014 02:34 am
    bad move to chelsea in the first place. Should ve stayed at porto for 2 more yrs. champions league football whatelse but money na push u.
  • maubs says:
    August 07, 2014 03:17 am
    would have been good move considering martinez is good with young players, have a good football philosophy and a latin playing style which should suit Atsu but it is not the end of the world and Benteke played at Villa and still remained a hit so villa is not so bad. it is based in birmingham and has a strong fan base with a big black population present in the town. Watching your game i think coming to terms with physical nature of the game and improving your ball crossing and passing and reaction in the final third of the pitch -i.e. trying to get into the box onto the final ball or with your dribbling skills should be areas that you could concentrate on so my advise if you ask me is to stay in the premiership where you will need to develop these skills in order to suceed and i think you have the pace and craft and the youth to do that. By all means get into a club who will appreciate you to give you the platform to develop these skills and show all that it is not for nothing they called you african messi because as at now for myself included the jury is still out whether you deserve the accolade.