Tragic If Newcastle Lose Top French Internationals This Summer

There was good news yesterday that Newcastle had signed Siem de Jong from Ajax with great stealth, and the club completed the signing without any news organizations getting a sniff of it – and that’s good work by Lee Charnley and the other Newcastle executives – and exactly the way we should do our transfer business – even if it caught some of us on vacation unawares. 😀

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Moussa Sissoko – in action in Brazil

But the news was accompanied by worrying news about Moussa Sissoko potentially leaving the club this summer with Italian club Napoli being interested in singing the midfielder.

It’s looking like we cannot keep Mathieu Debuchy at the club as he’s making noises about wanting Championship football next season, and he;s also been one of the best right backs on display at this fabulous World Cup.

And Moussa has also looked good and scored his first goal for France in Brazil.

The news is that the Italian club would be willing to nearly double Sissoko’s wages, and they will also be able to offer Champions League football to the 24 year-old star midfielder.

Newcastle can do a couple of things to try to keep Moussa at the club – they can increase his wages, and they can also continue to sign good players like Siem De Jong, to try to convince the Frenchman that Newcastle do have ambitions to become a good side again in England.

That would also help us to keep Mathieu Debuchy – although in the 28 year-old’s case – we just cannot see Mathieu being at Newcastle come September.

It would be a tragedy if we lose both Frenchman this summer, but with the current Newcastle setup – that’s more than a possibility.

We’re hoping we can keep both star players this summer – but it will be very difficult.

What do you think?

10 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #1

    I must admit I haven’t seen much of Siem De Jong as Dutch football isn’t easily available over here, but he has always looked decent in the Champions League. `the Dutch league is a very different game though, and a standard more akin to the Championship. We have seen Anita – a neat and tidy footballer – struggle to fit into the system of play we use, and he was also highly rated at Ajax in a different way. Opinions from those who have seen more seem a little split, so I will reserve judgement.

    As with yesterday though and the Dawson news, any positivity is worth grasping with both hands.

    Any rough values for the transfer floating about? I’d imagine it will be undisclosed by the club, but jour no’s normally get wind of a rough figure.

  • SBergenwall

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Well if Debuchy wants Championship football he should definatelly stay with us 😉

  • Massive_Toon

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Am I the only person that doesn’t rate debuchy as a ‘defender’? He’s half decent going forward but not exceptional, deceivingly slow despite being labeled quick, not a great tackler and very temperamental. I would snap arsenals hands off for £12m as long as it was reinvested. With our penny pinching we could bring in 2 players with that cash

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d imagine a bid of over £10million will see Sissoko gone – which would be a massive shame as he could be the man to build our midfield around for years to come. £12 million for Debuchy supposedly is an absolute bargain, but a good profit for Ashley, so I am expecting that to happen.

    Given we still need 2 strikers, some width, a centre half, and depth to the squad I hope Pardew and Charnley don’t spend too much time congratulating each other over Siem’s arrival.

  • Spoof

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Debuchy is gone but I do not feel that Sissoko will follow suit, would be disappointed to lose Debuchy but you can understand his reasons for wanting to go, Serge Aurier would be an ideal replacement for him.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #6

    don’t believe this bullsh*t !!
    Sissoko said he will prepare himself for the new
    season with Newcastle after the WC
    that’s mean he is happy and he have a long long contract with Newcastle until 2019 !
    i can’t see him leaving .

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #7

    # Lilongwe Geordie

    SDJ by far better than Anita mate !!

  • Sav

    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    That counts ManU out anarl, hehe..

  • anthc

    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley holds all the cards here. He’s a very shrewd and brutal business man I mean look at the contracts signed by debuchy 5yrs and sissoko 6yrs. Ashley will demand top money for both and if not can tell the bidding clubs to jog on. As much as I hate ashley he knows how to make money.
    Tbh, i’m sick of players signing long term contracts then when the going gets tough bump their gums and whinge how they miss cl football blah blah blah. Howay, any single organism is intelligent enough to know we are never gonna achieve cl football anytime soon so why sign long term deals? Oh yes because of the money and the fact the club pays for your great lifestyle. I just wish some players would show some loyalty and do the shirt proud rather than keep jumping ship. 12 mill for debuchy is good money however, I wouldn’t let sissoko go just yet as the lad has the potential to be a beast.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Come on, we’ve just spent around £6mill. for De Jong. You don’t think that ‘s going to be an outlay do you?
    Ashley is already gauging how much money he is actually going to get IN to the club so top players like Sissoko and Debuchy HAVE to be sold. As ever, the name of the game for our greedy portly owner is to MAKE money not spend it. Why should he change the habits of a lifetime?


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