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Ba edges closer 
to Besiktas move

Chelsea striker Demba Ba is excited at the prospect of his imminent transfer to Besiktas.

The Senegal striker is in Istanbul and posed with the No. 9 jersey that he will wear once his reported £8 million ($17m) transfer fee is done.

"I'm very happy to be here, all that is left are a few formalities, I will undergo a medical and sign the contract," Ba said on the club's official website, bjk.com.tr.

Ba, who joined Chelsea in January 2013 from Newcastle, was greeted by hundreds of fans at Istanbul's Ataturk airport yesterday. - PA Sport.

Khedira to leave Real for Arsenal?

Arsenal have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for midfielder Sami Khedira, according to reports in Spain.

Khedira, who won the World Cup with Germany last weekend, could soon be heading to the Emirates as Real are thought to have reached an agreement over the asking price of £20 million ($42.5m).

The 27-year-old has one year left on his contract at the Bernabeu, but faces competition for a midfield berth following the anticipated arrival of international teammate Toni Kroos.

- Wire Services.

Barcelona confirm Suarez deal

Luis Suarez is now "100 per cent" a Barcelona player, said director of football Andoni Zubizarreta yesterday.

The Uruguayan striker arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday to complete the formalities of his reported £75 million transfer from Liverpool.

Due to the fact he is serving a four-month Fifa ban from all football-related activities after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, he could not be formally unveiled at the Nou Camp yesterday.

When asked if Barca were making moves to reduce the length of the ban, Zubizarreta said: "Our lawyers tell us that we should be very prudent with what we say and your question is asking about something that could only happen after certain verdicts have been reached.

"But he's 100 per cent a member of the club." - PA Sport.