Chelsea’s two major targets for this January transfer window are Juan Cuadrado of Fiorentina and Douglas Costa of Shakhtar Donetsk, and it looks like the Blues are fairly confident they can get one of those players over the line before next Monday night, when the transfer window slams shut.
Moussa Sissoko in action against Chelsea this season
In case they don’t get one of those signed this month, Goal are reporting today that Chelsea are considering Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko as an alternative.
Moussa has made it (abundantly) clear he wants to leave Newcastle for a bigger club sometime in the future – and maybe even this month we suppose.
Newcastle are always prone to do a deal for any player at any time if the money is right, and if Chelsea are unsuccessful in signing Juan Cuadrado or Douglas Costa, Chelsea could make an offer for Sissoko even on the last day of the transfer window next Monday.
Obviously we hope that doesn’t happen, because Newcastle are not exactly safe from relegation this season.
However if a bid in excess of £20M comes in then Newcastle would sell, and we’d be short of Sissoko for the rest of the season.
That’s simply the way Newcastle operate, as Lee Charnley confirmed last Tuesday night in his interview in the Chronicle – the new coach has to accept that Newcastle can sell a player:
“It’s also someone that for example, if we were to get an offer for a player that is at a value that we want to take, isn’t nervous about getting a replacement. There has to be a trust. “
“We want to make things better and improve things but sometimes our timelines might not meet.”
What Lee doesn’t say there specifically, is when Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse were sold in previous January transfer windows they weren’t replaced – a small omission there.
But maybe that’s what he’s referring to about the timelines not meeting?
What a way to run a football club. 🙁
One thing that may have Newcastle thinking twice about selling Moussa this month, if a bid is at a value that Newcastle want to take, is that it wouldn’t look good if we did sell Moussa this month.
Any decent coach thinking about the Newcastle head coach position would have second thoughts if that happened, so at least that’s in our favor.
That’s right isn’t it?
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