This Will Be The Big Transfer Test For Newcastle

News today from Italy in TUTTOmercatoWEB (TMW) that AC Milan are interested in Newcastle’s powerful midfielder Moussa Sissoko with only 12 days to go in the transfer window.

Moussa has been in good form for Newcastle so far this season, although he picked up a groin injury last Saturday at Swansea, and is unlikely to be available for the tough game at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The report is that Milan are trying to give Serbian manager Sinisa Mihajlovic some reinforcements in midfield and that they are looking at a few players – one of them being Moussa Sissoko.

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Moussa Sissoko in action at Swansea last week

The other two are 24 year-old Italian International Roberto Soriano of Sampdoria and 22 year-old Brazilian Rafinha of Barcelona, and  Milan have already put feelers out for the players and they were quoted a transfer fee of €22M for Sissoko which is around £15.4M.

After getting prices on the players AC Milan are said to want to sign Soriano as their first choice, and in fact they were told by Barca that Rafinha was not available.

Moussa has a contract that runs through June of 2019, and this could be a test of Newcastle’s new ambitions if AC Milan now come in with an offer matching Newcastle’s valuation of €22M.

What would the club do?

Since there is very little time left in this window the last thing we want to do is to repeat the errors of the past, and sell him for the big money but not replace the Frenchman with a like for like player.

Hopefully Mike Ashley has learned that having great financial results does not make a football club successful.

Moussa has been looked at by a number of big clubs,  but he does seem happier on Tyneside under new coach Steve McClaren,  who has been impressed with him since taking over in early June.

Moussa is also very keen to make France’s squad for the Euro 2016 Championships next summer, which France will host and manager Didier Deschamps has told his players they will only make the squad if they are playing regularly in club football.

Moussa has often expressed an interest in playing for a bigger club that plays in the Champions League,  but he will have seen both fellow Frenchmen Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy leave for PSG and Arsenal respectively and end up sitting on the bench at those bigger clubs.

But it’s not really up to Moussa – it’s up to Newcastle – and it will be a big test for the club if AC Milan do bid at or near the €22M valuation.

We shouldn’t be letting Moussa Sissoko leave Newcastle so late in this transfer window – unless we can get somebody lined up and into the club, who is at least as good as the Frenchman.

That seems very unlikely at this late stage in the transfer window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.