The news today in L’Equipe is that Hamburg SV had bid around £9.6M for Moussa Sissoko and there have been later reports in some outlets that Newcastle have told the German club to up their bid by £2M to £3M and it’s a deal.
Where that later report has its origins from we have no idea, but the Chronicle is reporting today it’s their understanding there has been no contact with Newcastle from any club for Moussa Sissoko so far this summer.
That includes Hamburg SV.
Rafa Benitez – wants players in and out early
There have been enquiries for other players, but they do not include Moussa – who still has that burning desire to play for a top Champions League club like Arsenal – for instance.
His view is a world-class player should be playing Champions League football every season.
One of the problems Newcastle may have this summer is that with the Euros going on until July 10th, there will not be many players leaving the club early.
If some of our top players do leave, it’s likely to be in August and possibly late August at that.
One problem is if we do sell late in August there may not be time to bring in new players, which Rafa Benitez would insist on.
So in order not to get into that situation, Rafa will only accept offers for his top players if he can replace them this summer.
That hasn’t always been the case in the past, when money was king – but now the squad is king with Rafa in charge.
So if a deal for Sissoko, Wijnaldum or Janmaat is to happen this summer, presumably it will have to be in time for Rafa to bring in a replacement for the player leaving.
For players coming into the club, it looks like Rafa wants them in early and we’d be surprised if we haven’t signed our first new arrival by the time pre-season training starts in a couple of weeks time.
What do you think?