Arsenal Open Talks With Newcastle For Moussa Sissoko


The French daily L’Equipe is reporting today that Arsenal have opened formal negotiations with Newcastle United for the transfer of our top French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

moussa sissoko after scoring

Moussa Sissoko after scoring Newcastle’s third goal yesterdayy

If that news is correct, and we end up selling Moussa this month – we’ll all know why Alan Pardew couldn’t leave the club quickly enough this week – as yet another of his top players is sold in January.

If it happens it will be the third January running that Mike Ashley has sold our best player, and the fourth time in five years he has done it, after Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Andy Carroll also left the club in previous January transfer windows.

Not one of those players was replaced, and the Newcastle team struggled through the end of the season each time because of it, but we have to assume that Mike doesn’t care too much, and just wants the money – if he can get it.

Ar least the financials will look good – in fact great!

We still haven’t replaced Yohan Cabaye from selling him last January, and also Loic Remy, who finished a one year loan deal in the summer and didn’t want to sign a permanent deal at the club.

Less players at the club means a lower wage bill of course, and that may be why the owner is sometimes unwilling to replace players with any speed.

Newcastle have reportedly already turned down an £11M offer for Sissoko, and the Gunners will have to raise their bid to around £16M if they want to sign the 27 times capped French International.

Sissoko was signed by Newcastle  two years ago from Toulouse, when he had only six months of his contract to run, and Newcastle got the talented midfielder for a knock-down £2M fee, and at the time the 6’2″ powerhouse signed a six and half year deal with the Magpies, and he’s been outstanding for the team this season.

If Moussa is sold this month,  this will no doubt scare off some potential candidates for the head coach position at Newcastle because the owner’s antics obviously make it very difficult to build a top team, as no doubt Alan Pardew will attest to.

It seems to us that Alan Pardew simply got sick of working under the huge constraints of the Billionaire owner, and at least at Crystal Palace, although it’s a smaller club, he will have a lot more control on most things.

PSG have also been interested in signing Moussa in January, although the Frenchman came out a couple of weeks ago and said Arsenal were his favorite club as a youngster and that he loved them – translation – come and get me please.

This is what Moussa said three days before Christmas:

“When I was young, Arsenal were my favourite team. My idol played there: Patrick Vieira – I have always loved that club. I still love that club.”

“There are always a lot of rumors. I don’t pay much attention to them. I have an agent who looks after that. If something is to happen, it’ll happen. If not  ……”

“There haven’t been any offers. So I’ll be at Newcastle until the end of the season. After that, we’ll see.”

According to the latest reports there has already been one offer made by Arsenal, and they seem to be following that up with negotiations with the Tyneside club – according to L’Equipe – so things could change.

We’ll see.

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51 comments so far

  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes we know Ed.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not the only one sold this month

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  • Vask

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Who told them?

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  • dazzler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #4

    On this, I think a summer sale is most likely but 16m seems low even though I don’t rate him as highly as most people. If cabs was 19m then sissoko is worth the same surely?

    On the sale of the club I can’t find anything, I would say it’s bull but you never know. Ashley is in a place filled with millionaires, perhaps he’s bartered with a couple of Americans?

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  • Vask

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps Wenger will teach him about final balls.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Why would he sell the club, we were turning a small profit before the massive increase in TV money, the wage bill is continually slashed so he must be raking in a fortune now. As I’ve said on here a hundred times, when he’s finished he’ll make what Hall and Shepherd took look like small change.

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  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Dazzler

    Any discussions with a buyer would be done in secret.

    It would never get in the social media.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    He wants 100% of Rangers and cant get that while owning us,

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  • dazzler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Well I call bull anyway, without any links to substantiate it we can rule it out.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    thats why pardew left then another quality player sold in january unpopularity with the majority of the supporters plus a vacancy at his old stomping ground it was a no brainer for him really

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    To be fair 300 million for a club like Newcastle isnt a bad price.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Arsenal offered 11m after recently calling inters bid for podolski farcical. Talk about hypocrisy.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    the cleaver man know ‘s when to stick or twist ashley is a cleaver man he will know when he’s going

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail for Ashley

    He doesnt take a salary from the club so how is he making a profit from player sales at all.

    The club profit is an entirely different thing to Ashley’s personal wealth. Given he is not taking a salary from the club you cant really claim he is making a fortune from it.

    My best and EDUCATED guess is that Ashley’s plan has been for a while to turn the club over at a profit. In other words sell for more than he bought it for. It wont really be worth it unless he can make a profit of at least £100m on the club sale.

    My guess is that he has got the club in a healthy position financially has a bare thread squad on sensible wages with proven infrastructure for bringing in uncovered gems. Pards leaving gives any potential buyers a nice little opportunity to take a club that is in a healthy position (not in any real danger of relegation and is turning a profit, something American owners will value above else) and be able to build upon it as there is little deadweight.

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #15

    @scout: When you think that the actual cost of the club is about £120m and the rest is Ashley’s “loans”… it’s a pretty bad price.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail – exactly. What can Rangers give him, directly or SD Indirectly, that NUFC dont deliver already?

    The only thing he could improve would be taking the Rangers shirt sponsorship for SD, which would give him a bit more European exposure, but there has to be more than that, surely???

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #17

    with socks gone. i hope one of our youths can step up again.. we have this sean longstaff fella right..

    i hope he’s not another alnwick

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    BEFORE ANYONE JUMPS DOWN MY THROAT,

    I am not an Ashley fan. Despise the man. But I’m sick of the same old being dragged up by people who dont understand how a business works as a legal entity.

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  • Vask

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #19

    If the reports are coming out of France it suggests to me that it would be coming from a players agent drumming up business in the french press. Or, they could’ve been torqing to someone else…?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Graeme

    If that is the case then why is he so determined to buy Rangers?

    You are also forgetting the massive profit he stands to make by selling us on

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Surely Ashleys loans are long gone

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #22

    ronaldo aarons

    You realised Arsenal also offered a measly £10m for Cabs.

    There a reason they seldom sign players from other English clubs. Their whole set-up is not geared for buying from rivals.

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #23

    If Sissoko goes ill burn my shirt. One player to many. Absolute farce, im all for players moving on but we never sign quality replacements

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail

    Agree. Can’t see what Rangers gives ashley. No where near as much exposure as a prem league side does, and seeing as we don’t cost him a penny to run it doesn’t make sense to go to rangers.

    Sure there must be something though otherwise he wouldn’t be pushing for it.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #25

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/alan-pardew-unbelievable-job-newcastle-8375556?

    Merson is a pr1ck!! I’m not a big critic or supporter of pardew but to say he did an unbelievable job is a joke.

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  • dazzler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Maybe he’ll only sell a portion at a time. Slowly releasing hos strangle hold whilst increasing his takeover of rangers? Is this a possibility?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27

    dazzler

    He can’t take a bigger stake in Ranger while he still owns us

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Scout

    It’s terrible. If sissoko goes and a ready made quality replacement is not bought (which is bound to be the case) then what manager would want the job?

    Managers don’t mind players leaving but they usually get the money spent on a new players. Might not always be the case abroad but that’s what a manager working in the prem league expects and needs really.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #29

    the loans are just like an overdraft they would have to settled or taken into account with the asking price as they would be classed as liability

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Lg at 22

    Yeah I’m aware of that, I just think it’s funny (if that’s a suitable word) that they supposedly offer a low offer in the same week wenger complains about an offer for one of his players.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Seriously doubt that those loans are still in place as if they are then where the hell has all the money gone as it sure as hell hasn’t been spent on players or wages

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #32

    a memo was sent out day westend boys club wallsend boys club…..dear sirs just a reminder any of your lads going to any home games at st james please bring your boots you may be needed

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #33

    LG…21

    From previous thread…
    No, of course I wouldn’t write off having McClaren as a manager for us because he signed Bent on loan for Derby. Here’s hoping you don’t take everything literally on this blog..?
    In any case, on the one hand I’m glad he did take him, as at least it means he (Bent!) won’t be our big signing/ great new hope in the Jan window! (another flimsy attempt at humour, Not Serious)

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  • gazzaforever

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Ben Arfa is joining Nice and he s buying his 6 months contract. Probably after finding out that Carver will be in coach till the end of the season.

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  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #35

    TS @ 24

    What Rangers would give Ashley is an almost guaranteed European exposure for Sports Direct once they are back in the SPL It also gives him a fan base to sell merchandise that is far larger than Newcastle.

    However, to contradict myself, Sports Direct don’t need to be tied up to any particular club as their products cover all aspects of sport.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Jack @ 20 – where is the massive profit? The club allegedly cost MA £130 million, then he had to pay off the balance of the development loan – again, another alleged £130 million.

    To break even he has to sell NUFC for £260 million anything after that would be profit. So, how much is a “massive profit”? £100 million? £200 million?

    Who is going to pay £360 million plus for NUFC?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #37

    gazzaforever

    HBA is joining Nice as no one else wants him after he burnt all his bridges

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #38

    LG21,
    You are very naive if you think what the published accounts show are what Mashers actually takes, it doesn’t have to be illegal to play with the figures, ok, I’m not a wanna be accountant or even pretend to know how it all works but as I say we were turning a small profit before the TV money increase, there was very little money spent on transfer and that debt has never decreased, where is the money going ?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Graeme

    do you think he hasn’t taken anything out of the club over the years? Last season TV money and player sales alone equates to almost 90 million, take into account how much the club has brought in over the years to what it has spent and there’s a massive amount of money unaccounted for and there’s only one place it has gone.

    I’d be amazed if that 100 million loan was still in place and the reported price for the club is 300 million so that would be a 170 million profit from the sale alone, add on everything else that he’s taken out over the years and it’s a massive profit.

    Plus if you are looking to buy a club that already has a top class stadium, training facilities, is a mid table Premier League side and comes with no debt the 300 million is one hell of a deal for anyone wanting to get into football

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Thats what I said Jack. I know its comparing a sports car to a push bike but didnt Man.U sell for over 1 billion?

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