News this morning that Manchester United are interested in signing Papiss Cisse, the Newcastle United and Senegal striker.
Papiss Cisse scoring first goal at Chelsea
The news is that both Manchester clubs, including City, are tracking the Newcastle striker, who cost around £8M from SC Freiburg in January, but would cost a lot more now in the transfer market.
Cisse scored 13 goals in just 14 appearances for the Magpies this year, and some of the goals he scored were simply sensational, such as his second goal at Chelsea in May, which had the football world buzzing.
And with Newcastle doing so well in the league last season, some of our top players like Yohan Cabye, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul, Demba Ba and Cisse, have been targeted by some of the bigger clubs.
That’s if you believe the tabloid sporting press of course, although Alan Pardew has said repeatedly that one big player could be leaving the club this summer.
But it will take some big big bucks for Newcastle to sell their top players this summer.
And we think owner Mike Ashley knows that the next step for Newcastle, in increasing their revenues and becoming more successful – the two really go hand in hand – is to have the Tyneside club competing in Europe every season.
And it’s important that Newcastle get back into the Champions League as soon as possible, and to do that we cannot keep selling our very best players every summer.
Newcastle may sell one star in this transfer window, but if a top player leaves then surely it will be for top dollar, as was the case when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for £35M.
We don’t know what would tempt Newcastle to sell Cisse, but it’s got to be well north of £20M.
And a good question is if Andy was worth £35M, then how much is Papiss Cisse worth?
What do you think?