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This Will Be The Big Transfer Test For Newcastle

3:10 pm, Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

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.

Tags: Coaching · Contracts · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Sell at ones peril at this point in time.

    Def no time for replacement. And it would be a scenario of Ba being sold and Cabaye.

  • 2 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    I feel sissoko will have one of his better seasons. You have the euros coming up and he will be desperate to be part of the French squad.

  • 3 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    And can’t see anyone paying £20 mil. Even Liverpool aren’t That stupid.

  • 4 OneAlanShearer // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    €22M not pounds?!

    £15.7 million pounds.

    I want thauvin a centre back and then just the dross to leave but always suspected the likes of tiote, sissoko, cisse were likely to be sold to fund the signings.

  • 5 NI Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Does anyone think that Thauvin is the replacement for Sissoko?
    I know Cabella is going in Thauvins place but postion wise, Thauvin may fill the void on the right side of midfield if Sissoko did go.
    Cabella may have just been seen as surplus to requirements and used in the deal.

  • 6 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    In that case sell him

  • 7 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    We shld get a CB.

  • 8 calvinzolamakongo // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Think ac are simalar to us nowadays tho would be a sidewayys step for him

  • 9 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I don’t think thauvin is a replacement for sissoko. We needed a specialised winger. Sissoko can now operate in the middle although there is now plenty of competition in that area.

  • 10 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM

  • 11 NI Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    My opinion is that we need to keep all of our best players and only replace the fringe / deadwood with players that are going to challenge for starting spots.
    Competition is what we have been lacking and one of the reasons a lot of players have not been playing to their potential (management and coaching has not helped either 😉 ).
    We need a squad capable of playing first team football not 11 players and a few fringe players. We are getting there with a much stronger bench than before and need to keep going but that will cost money rather than selling a first teamer to fund another.

  • 12 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    We are obviously not in the market for a goal scoring midfielder.

  • 13 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    NI Toon
    Couldn’t agree more

  • 14 belgrade fan // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM


    very good comment. With signing Thau we solved problem of DM. Colback and Anita aren’t good enough together. But this is sll for nothing if we don’t sign CB

  • 15 NI Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    SanD – I kind of agree with Sissoko not being a traditional winger but I dont know that he has the qualities to fit in our CM really.
    His technique, passing and first touch is very suspect, he is not a great tackler and very rarely even tries to win a header.
    I think his main qualities are his pace, work rate (most of the time) with those lung busting bursts forward.

    Then again with better players around him he may do a good job in the box to box role in a midfield 3.

  • 16 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    our squad is good but Mcca has to play them in their right positions. Sissoko shld play as a No.10. Wijanaldum as a box to box CM. He looked like he wld win some balls.
    Cisse is good as a Back up. Mitrovic can do alot with the ball compared to Cisse.
    If Abdennour comes. This is my starting 11.

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