There’s a report in FootMercato today that Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham apparently made approaches to Newcastle to try to sign Moussa Sissoko this summer, although Tottenham were the only club to lodge a bid, which Newcastle turned down.
So at least we kept one of our best players, and in fact kept all the players we wanted to keep over the summer.
Moussa Sissoko in action this season
The agent of Moussa (his uncle) has explained why he decided to stay at Newcastle over the summer despite some interest from bigger clubs:
“There are three English clubs who came to show interest during the transfer window. The reasons why Moussa did not leave are simple – Newcastle are counting on him.
“They did not intend to let him go during this transfer window.” “They want to keep him one more year. He had no inclination to join a club where he would receive potentially less time game.”
It looks like Moussa has learned from what happened to Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy who all left Newcastle to join bigger clubs – Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal respectively – and they ended up on the bench with little playing time.
Yohan Cabaye is now playing regularly at Crystal Palace, so he will have a good chance of making the French squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France next summer.
Moussa will also play regularly for Newcastle this season, but it may be next summer when Newcastle may have to sell the player – as long as they get big bucks for him and we bring in a suitable and good replacement – we suppose that would be OK.
He will certainly not move in January as some reports are suggesting, because there’s still the danger he will not play regularly during the second half of the season at a bigger club, and miss out Didier Deschamp’s French squad.
Apparently Tottenham made a bid that was turned down, and Newcastle are reported to want €23M for him, which is around £16M – although with some of today’s transfer fees, that may be too low a price.
That would be even more true if Moussa has a really good season for Newcastle this term – which we hope he does.
But maybe the amount Newcastle are after is really £23, and one report has Spurs bidding £17M for the Frenchman this summer – which Newcastle turned down.
Back in early June, when there were noises coming from clubs such as Liverpool, this is what Moussa told the Chronicle:
“As for my future, it’s something I think about. The coach Didier Deschamps said the 2015-2016 season will be very important and playing regularly is going to be important.”
“I’ll talk with my uncle, who is also my agent, and make the right decision after a holiday which I really need.”
But the main thing is Graham Carr and his team scout a replacement this season, and we bring one in over next summer – if we are to sell Moussa.
Really good players will get playing time at Newcastle – Yohan Cabaye is a good example of that – and once they move to bigger clubs they can struggle for playing time.
Moussa seems to realize that, and who knows he just may want to continue to ply his trade at Newcastle next seaosn, especially if we have a good season.