There’s a report in Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb that Liverpool are interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer, and would be willing to bid €24M for him.
That’s around £17M with today’s exchange rate, and Moussa still had four years to run on his Newcastle contract.
Moussa Sissoko – in action last season
Brendan Rodgers did not have a very good summer transfer window last summer, and Liverpool did not have a good season, and after finishing second top in 2014 and almost winning the Premier League for the first time, they slumped to 6th place last season.
Brendan’s position is therefore under threat, although he will be Liverpool’s boss next season.
Newcastle badly want to strengthen the squad, so we are not fighting against relegation next season, and the last thing we want to do is sell our best players.
Moussa is one of our best players who – like a lot of other players at Newcastle – had a terrible second half of last season.
But we shouldn’t even be thinking of selling Sissoko unless we can replace him with somebody as good or better this summer.
Newcastle seem to be finding it very difficult to get players into the club in this transfer window – and top players are wary of joining a club who have fought against relegation in two of the last three seasons and the club was in a big mess earlier this year.
In the past, the finances have been the (only) thing that’s been important at Newcastle, but that only gets you fighting against relegation if you are not willing to spend the money available to build a good team.
That’s been Newcastle in past seasons.
We don’t expect the club to even think about selling Moussa for £17M – perhaps if Liverpool bid £24M that would be a different matter.
But gone are the days when we sold our best players at any time, and kept the money and didn’t bother replacing them.
You can never build a good team that way – and Newcastle have proven that over the last eight years with that insipid strategy.
Things have to change big time at Newcastle – and it starts this summer.
That’s according to owner Mike Ashley, who says he wants to win something with Newcastle, and that the club from now on will make their own luck.
We are still waiting to see some evidence of that in this important transfer window, but let’s not sell our best players.