There are various reports out today that AC Milan are in the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and they originate from a report in the Italian media in Calciomercato.
Moussa is the one who keeps saying that he wants to play for a Champions League side and with Inter-Milan currently second top of the Italian League under new manager Roberto Mancini they will have a decent chance of qualifying for that competition this season.
Moussa Sissoko – in training
That’s after Mancini has built up his squad in Milan since he rejoined the club last November.
Roberto first managed at Inter from 2004-2008 until he was sacked in May of 2008 and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
We had reported that if Moussa keeps going on about wanting away from Newcastle; we should let him go – if we can get a decent price for him, but January is not the time to do that.
Newcastle will be trying to get new players into the club in January and it’s not the time to let Moussa go.
While he has not played well for us so far this season we are hoping that will change soon and in any case for his own good that would not be a good time to leave with the Euro 2016 Championships coming up next summer.
He must be playing week in and week out to get in the French squad for the tournament and manager Didier Deschamps has already dropped Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy from the French squad because of lack of playing time.
The figure being mentioned is €18M (£13.2M) – but Newcastle should not make the mistake we made last January.
At that time we didn’t strengthen the squad but let Davide Santon leave to rejoin Inter and even allowed Alan Pardew to leave for £4M, when we had nobody experienced to replace him.
We simply took the money and brought no new players in and were almost relegated – and it was simply incompetent running of the club by Newcastle and Lee Charnley in particular.
It’s not good that Newcastle have made their worst ever start in the Premier League ever – and we are rock bottom of the league.
Newcastle will probably be willing to allow fringe players to leave in January but not Moussa Sissoko.
The Frenchman could be sold next summer when new players will be coming in – and hopefully we will still be a Premier League club by then.
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