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 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.
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