There’s news in France today that Tottenham has put in a bid for Moussa Sissoko, so we’ll see how Newcastle react to the bids for some of their best players this summer, although Moussa did now play well in the second half of last season.
Moussa has always taken the opportunity when interviewed in France, to say he is ambitious and wants Champions League football and will leave Newcastle for a bigger club sometime in the future.
Moussa Sissoko in action against Portland Timbers last Tuesday
But he usually puts the caveat in that he’s happy at Newcastle.
This is a typical recent interview that’s in the Footmercato report today:
“Didier Deschamps has clearly told us that he would select players who are regularly playing [at their clubs”
“With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench.”
“At the same time, I want to just play for one of the biggest clubs. I want to especially play in the Champions League which I am cannot at Newcastle. One day or another, my time will come.”
“Anyway, I see myself staying in England. “
Moussa will have a decision to make this summer, and he will have seen top players like Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy take a backward step when they left Newcastle for bigger clubs and Champions League football at PSG and Chelsea respectively.
That’s because they couldn’t find regular starting positions at those clubs.
Yohan has just signed on for Crystal Palace, and he will play regularly at that club next season, and could make the French squad next summer for Euro 2016 – to be held in France.
Tottenham have put in the first bid, but Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are also said to also be interested.
Newcastle will likely hold out for a massive fee for Moussa, but we cannot bring in top players and then sell the top players we already have – that doesn’t strengthen the squad as much.
There’s no fee mentioned in the Mercato report, but some English outlets (Express being one), have said it’s £18M – and if that’s true Newcastle could sell for that amount.
Footmercato report that Newcastle would be willing to sell Sissoko for €23M – around £16M.
We paid around £2M for him from Toulouse in January, 2013.
And that’s why the net transfer fees laid out by Newcastle this season is the important number – if we sign Chancel Mbemba that amount will currently be £35.5M
With Siem de Jong now fit and Gini Wijnaldum onboard, we have been wondering where Moussa would fit in the side next season, and that could be why we seem to be linked with so many central midfielders.
We were linked by a Portuguese journalist and broadcaster Jorge Bacao yesterday with being in for Monaco’s Joao Moutinho for £9.5M – which seemed rather bizarre.
It will be interesting how Newcastle handle bids for their top players this summer, but if Moussa does leave for a bigger club, he could also miss out on the French squad next summer for the Euro 2016 Championship.
That’s the risk he would be taking.
Update: It’s interesting the Chronicle brought out a report that no bid has been made for Moussa despite the French report, and that Moussa is happy to stay with Newcastle – presumably he may be liking things under new head coach Steve McClaren and the coaching team – that would be good news.