It looked at one point a week or so ago that it was becoming obvious that Mike Ashley would sell Moussa Sissoko – either to Arsenal or PSG – and it would be to the club who bid the most – as long as it met the Newcastle owner’s evaluation of the player.
Moussa Sissoko – very popular at Newcastle
But with recent news that Newcastle seem to have upped their price on the 25 year-old Frenchman to around £25M it’s now looking like we may be able to keep the powerful midfield player on board.
And today PSG manager Laurent Blanc has dismissed the many stories that have been circulating over the last few weeks that they was to sign Moussa.
This is what Blanc has said today at his press conference:
“Moussa Sissoko does not have the profile we are looking in the winter transfer window,” “We must not forget that we are still subject to the rules of financial fair play.”
It’s true that PSG were fined by UEFA for overspending over the last three years – and there are restraints on them in the transfer market – and now they have to balance their financial books after spending wildly when Qatar Investment Authority became the majority shareholder of Paris Saint-Germain after buying a controlling 70% of the shares in July of 2011.
Of course PSG have done what they wanted to do and bought a high number of world-class players before UEFA acted – so they have been successful in avoiding any real controls of the Financial Fair Play initiative.
PSG are only 3rd in the French League currently, with 38 points from their 19 games played, and they are behind leaders Marseilles by three points as they try to win the French League for the third time running.
It will be good to keep Moussa on Tyneside, and maybe we can even give him a new improved contract, but sources inside the club are saying he’s very happy at Newcastle, and was over the moon recently when he captained Newcastle for the first time.
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