Eurosport France are reporting that Newcastle United are in advanced discussions with Paris Saint-Germain for the transfer of 25 year-old Moussa Sissoko – one of the club’s best players this season.
Moussa Sissoko – is he on his way out of Newcastle?
There have been reports that PSG want to exchange Yohan Cabaye as part of the deal to get Moussa Sissoko, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle think that’s a good deal with Cabaye being almost four years older than Moussa, and he would cost us £20M – the fee we got from PSG for him last January.
That’s far too high a price for Mike Ashley to pay – even in a part exchange deal – Newcastle like to sell players for £20M but we don’t like to buy them for £20M.
The two clubs are said to be in “very advanced discussions” and this could be the second time in successive January transfer windows that Mike Ashley has sold our best midfield player to PSG for a sizable fee.
Moussa had been linked with a move to Arsenal, who are said to have already bid £11M for him in this transfer window, and that Newcastle turned that down, although we don’t know if that’s true.
The potential swap deal between Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko was big news over the weekend, but we’d be very surprised if the Newcastle owner thinks that’s a good deal for Newcastle.
However Mike Ashley may think that getting £16M for Moussa when we only paid £2M for him from Toulouse two years ago is a good deal.
Let’s think he’s been here about 24 months and that’s a profit of £14M – so that’s over half a million pounds profit on each of the months he’s been at Newcastle.
Yes – let’s sell him.
If this transfer goes through it will show all the candidates for the head coach position what Mike Ashley is like to work for and that he is likely to sell Newcastle’s best players just as soon as a big enough offer comes in.
And where will that leave Newcastle – probably without our best player through the end of the season – a similar situation to last January when we plummeted in the second half of the season after letting Yohan leave.
Mike Ashley has done that since he sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M four years ago, and since then we’ve sold Demba Ba and Yohan in January transfer windows – and we never replaced them.
In fact some would say we have never replaced Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye even today, since we are still short of a striker and a creative midfield player who can also score goals.
Wonder when Mike is going to sell Newcastle and get out of Toon?
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