Chelsea striker Demba Ba set for Besiktas

The Blues have come down from their initial €13 million asking price, say the Turkish club, as they make room for the incoming Diego Costa in the centre-forward role this summer
Chelsea are set to sell striker Demba Ba to Besiktas, the Turkish club have confirmed.

Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle in January 2013, the Senegal international has scored 14 goals in 51 games for the Blues.

He soon fell behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o in the pecking order, however, and the arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid this summer has freed him to look for a new club, with Jose Mourinho’s side ready to accept less than their initial €13 milion [£10m] asking price.

"The initial price for him was €13m but we've managed to reduce it," Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman told NTV Spor.

"We'll tell the media once the final deal is done."

Among Ba's most crucial goals for Chelsea were a late strike against Paris Saint-Germain to send the London club through to the Champions League semi-finals last season, as well as an effort to capitalise on Steven Gerrard's slip at Anfield which spelt the beginning of the end for Liverpool’s title challenge.