There’s a report in L’Equipe today that Newcastle United have been contacted regarding their French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and after Mathieu Debuchy leaves the club and joins Arsenal in a couple of weeks, we could well see Moussa as the next top player to leave the Magpies, and both have only been at the club for a short 18 months.
Moussa Sissoko – in action in Brazil for France
But that seems to be how long it takes for top players on Tyneside to realize Newcastle don’t have their ambition, and they (naturally) want to move to a bigger club who play in the Champions League.
There was news recently that Italian club Napoli were interested in Moussa, and now the clubs being mentioned are Liverpool and money bags Monaco, who were only promoted to Ligue 1 last year but still qualified for the Champions League by finishing in second place behind PSG.
Both clubs have contacted Newcastle about the availability of the midfield powerhouse, and we suppose the first question they would ask is how much would the 21 times capped French International cost?
And both Liverpool and Monaco see him as a central midfield player, although Alan Pardew has played him out on the wing at Newcastle, but he has looked very good and skillful for France in a central midfield role in Brazil.
Newcastle are trying to get some of their targets into the club this summer, and how we do in the next month or so could determine if players like Sissoko and Tim Krul will want to stay on Tyneside – or else move to a bigger club.
So it’s not important for Newcastle just to get players in to boost the quality of the squad for next season, but also to keep our best players on Tyneside this summer.
We will already lose Debuchy and we lost Cabaye in January, and we wonder if owner Mike Ashley realizes players want to move on because he has little ambition to see Newcastle challenge for a top six position in the league.
If he doesn’t realize that by now he should – although whether he cares or not is another question.
If only the English Billionaire would invest the profits back into the club – we could be in very good shape rather quickly.
What do you think?
Written while on vacation in Plymouth, England.