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Newcastle buying Chelsea loanee Atsu for $8 million

Newcastle United v Preston North End - Sky Bet Championship

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Christian Atsu of Newcastle United scores their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James’ Park on April 24, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Multiple reports say Newcastle United has agreed a fee to make Christian Atsu’s loan from Chelsea a permanent deal.

The Ghanaian flash, 25, posted five goals and three assists for the Magpies in their Football League Championship title-winning season, the latest loan stop after time with Malaga, Bournemouth, Everton, and Vitesse.

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Atsu’s fee is said to be around $8.4 million. The winger plays mainly on the right but can also slide inside or man the left, and has 10 goals in 53 caps for the Black Stars.

Rafa Benitez is expected to again have massive turnover in a bid to renew Newcastle’s tenure as a top half team in the Premier League. The Magpies have been linked with Leicester’s Wes Morgan, Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, and Udinese’s Orestis Karnezis.

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