L’Equipe are reporting today that German club Hamburg have made a €12M offer for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, which is around £9.6M using today’s conversion rate and about half of what Newcastle value Moussa at.
So we expect Newcastle will immediately turn down the offer if indeed it has been made – and the club will hold out for their £20M valuation for the French midfielder.
Moussa Sissoko – £9.6M bid from Hamburg SV
But Moussa would probably turn the offer down, because Hamburg SV is not a big enough club for him and they certainly don’t play in the Champions League every season.
They finished as low as 10th in the Bundesliga last season with 41 points – a massive 47 points behind Champions Bayern Munich and way off the European qualifying places.
This is the first offer for the player this summer and it may tempt other bigger clubs to come in with improved offers for the 26 year-old – and once the offers get close to £20M Newcastle could allow Moussa to leave.
So Rafa Benitez will need to have somebody lined up that we can bring in, just in case a big enough offer does come in for the French midfielder.
With the Premier League clubs getting anywhere from £100M and £180M next season, then English clubs at least will be flush with money.
There have already been some ridiculous amounts quoted for players coming this summer from the big clubs in England, so Newcastle should hold out for their £20M valuation for Moussa.
Whether Moussa will join any of those big clubs is debatable and we doubt a Champions League club will come in for him.
But he’s put himself in a corner because of his outlandish comments of last week and now if Newcastle do accept a bid for him, he will be expected to leave the club.
He’s cooked his own goose – so to speak – and he could now leave Newcastle this summer.
If we get £20M for him that’s a good deal as long as we replace him.