Demba Ba has arrived in İstanbul!

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Updated: January 29, 2017

Former Beşiktaş striker Demba Ba has arrived in İstanbul ahead of his return to the Black Eagles, pending a thorough medical examination.

The 31-year old Senegalese forward suffered a devastating leg break roughly six months ago and has been recovering ever since. Beşiktaş had sold Ba to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in the Summer of 2015 for the club’s record transfer fee of 13 million euros. Demba Ba made a big impact in China, scoring 29 goals in 37 appearances for Shanghar but he suffered a devastating injury midway through 2016.

Now Demba Ba is hoping to regain full match fitness with the Black Eagles, with Shanghai being willing to loan the Beşiktaş icon for the remainder of the season, floating the entire bill.

In truth how much of a role Ba would be able to play remains to be seen, he isn’t expected to be fully match fit until midway through March and he’ll have to undergo a thorough medical examination before Beşiktaş decide whether or not to take Demba Ba back.

Ba has been pushing hard to make a Beşiktaş return these past couple of weeks, being very keen on returning to a club he considers to be his home, despite only spending one (successful) season there. Ba wants to be part of a Championship with Beşiktaş  and he’s sees a good opportunity at that this season.

Fikret Orman vetoed Adebayor

Beşiktaş had been looking for an extra striker this window, despite Cenk Tosun and Vincent Aboubakar’s rising forms. Beşiktaş had reached an agreement in principle with two other strikers; Emannuel Adebayor and one unconfirmed name, but Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman vetoed both players in favour of Demba Ba earlier today.

Despite the uncertainty stemming from Demba’s injury, there is zero financial risk involved in bringing Demba Ba back while Adebayor would demand very high wages. This is likely why the Beşiktaş president decided in favour of Ba, of course Ba’s connection with the fans and many of the players is also a key factor.

 

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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