We had thought when we look at the Newcastle squad, that three players who would push strongly for a move this summer if Newcastle were relegated would be Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat.
So it’s not too surprising there is a report coming out of France in L’Equipe today that Sissoko has ‘no intention’ of staying with Newcastle and helping us get back to the Premier League next season.
For a player who has continually said he should playing in the Champions League every season – that’s not surprising.
The powerful Moussa Sissoko in action on Sunday
In his last game for Newcastle – probably
There are reports today that Arsenal are willing to pay £10M for the powerful midfield player and that another London club – West Ham – are also interested.
The more clubs interested in Moussa the better, because that will help drive the price up and Newcastle would be willing to allow Moussa to leave.
His price will go up further if he plays well for France in Euro 2016.
Newcastle should let any player leave who doesn’t want to stay and be part of Rafa’s revolution – and then in a couple of years time it will be interesting to see where Newcastle are and how those players are doing at their new clubs.
If Moussa does join Arsenal, we would be very surprised if he can make the starting line-up, although Arsene Wenger is a top manager and could bring out the best in the 26 year-old 35 times capped French International.
That’s exactly what Rafa Benitez has been able to do over the last 10 games and even made the Frenchman his captain.
Sissoko could even stay if Rafa deems him a player he wants to keep on board as he build up the Newcastle team, although he may not be able to persuade him to stay.
Moussa Sissoko has played 132 times for Newcastle with 12 goals since signing for us from Toulouse in January, 2013 – and he was easily our Man of the Match on Sunday against Spurs with 44% of the vote in what could be his last game for the club.
In the second half and especially when we went down to 10 men the Frenchman was simply unbelievable and almost unplayable.
He was a great example to the rest of the players and resulted in the Magpies scoring three unanswered goals after Mitrovic had been sent off after 68 minutes when we were leading 2-1.