Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has already seen one of his best players leave Newcastle during the World Cup and the move by Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal will be completed in the next two weeks, but we may also lose Moussa Sissoko, as we wrote about yesterday.
Moussa Sissoko – will leave Newcastle this summer?
Liverpool, Monaco and Napoli are all said to be interested in signing the 24 year-old French midfielder, but it’s no surprise Pardew wants to keep the 21 times capped player on Tyneside..
And Debuchy – when asked about the Arsenal move yesterday said this:
“Nothing is done at this moment.” “For now, we are in talks.” “Arsenal is a top club, we will see what happens.”
That’s a little bit different from what he has told French TV – when he said he would be joining Arsenal this summer, and hinted the deal was all done and dusted – and he also removed all references to himself being a Newcastle player on his Twitter account.
Both Debuchy and Sissoko have returned with the French squad, and are now are off having a break before they return to pre-season training.
And both were named in the Newcastle squad for the pre-season friendly games in New Zealand against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix on July 22nd and July 26th respectively.
But the deal should be done for Debuchy in the next two weeks, although the Chronicle is reporting no deal has yet been agreed with Arsenal – which differs a lot from other reports.
We’ll have to see how strong the interest is for Moussa Sissoko, but apparently he can leave for £10M – and £10M for a player of Sissoko’s quality and promise seems to be peanuts to us.
It’s bad enough when we keep losing out top players because we have little ambition these days,.
It gets even worse when we don’t get massive fees for them as we did when Andy Carroll left his home town club over three years ago.
Unfortunately Newcastle are a selling club – but it’s even worse than that – we will sell players even when it counts against the team – as it did when we sold Yohan Cabaye and didn’t replace him in January.
If Sissoko is also to leave the club this summer, we hope it’s done quickly so we have enough time to bring in a suitable replacement.