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Sissoko – £35M Fee Changes Nothing – I Want Early Move

8:57 am, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been interviewed in French daily L’Equipe today and he says he is not worried by Newcastle putting a massive £35M fee on his head yesterday.

He probably thinks he’s worth that.

In fact he hopes that  clubs will come in for him as early as possible this summer as he still seems determined to leave Newcastle.

And we don’t think much would change if Newcastle were still a Premier league club and hadn’t been relegated in May.

moussa sissoko nani final euros

Moussa Sissoko in action in Euro final with Nani

This is what he has said in L’Equipe today:

“Newcastle would ask for £35M? It could be 20 — for me it changes nothing,” “The interested clubs will know how to find common ground.”

“I hope that it will be as early as possible.”

There are a number of big clubs now said to be interested in signing Moussa and they include PSG and Manchester United as well as other clubs pondering a move for him.

Bundesliga club Hamburg said they held talks with Sissoko’s representatives before the European Championship, but it’s not clear if they bothered to tell Newcastle manager Rafa about that.

Hamburg CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer has said this in German publication Bild today:

 “They were interested.”  They said they wanted to wait and see what happens at the Euro.”

But hey – they are not a big enough club for Moussa – they don’t even play in the Champions League every season – so they have no chance.

West Brom are interested but they are nowhere near big enough for this French player who sees this as his  opportunity to finally join a really massive club, even if it means he could be warming the bench next season.

That happened to two other top French Internationals who left Newcastle – Yohan Cabaye to PSG and Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal.

Premier League Champions Leicester City are also interested and Moussa would definitely like to stay in England.

The 26 year-old would want to join one of England’s biggest and most successful clubs – Arsenal or Manchester United may fit the bill.

Previously Arsenal were his dream team but with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United now said to be interested in Moussa if they cannot get Paul Pogba – Moussa’s dreams could change.


It could even get nasty, with Rafa Benitez not wanting to lose Moussa and Newcastle fans furious that he gave 100% all out effort in the Euros for France yet went missing in the Premier League for Newcastle last season.

But it is simple really – if a club comes in with a £35M bid then Newcastle will accept it – but nothing less.

Rafa will already know who he wants to come in should Moussa leave the club and he could even try to negotiate a cash plus player exchange deal, if a club does meet Newcastle’s valuation.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Euro 2016 · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season · Transfer News and Rumours

35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Nothing wrong with aiming high, however, I think there is more chance of foreign teams coming in for him, if he wants the move, let him, however its only right that we squeeze the buyer for as much as we can. I have nothing against him, but if he isnt up for staying, get him sold, get him replaced.

  • 2 martoon // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Realistically for the money we want for him I can only see a premiership club being able to afford it. I would of thought there is not enough money in German football etc. and I don’t thing the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona would be interested.

  • 3 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    He must be kept apart from the squad and their preseason.
    Rafa doesn’t need this distraction.
    What about all the fools who wanted shot of Charnley.
    Step up Lee and squeeze this deal until the pips squeak

  • 4 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Delusional prat.

  • 5 G // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    For that fee youre probably correct Martoon, just cant see the prem clubs coming in for him really, unless Palace have found more cash in the back of the sofa?

  • 6 Oleg G // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    The 35M is just a way to get as bigger offer as possible.

    Rafa knows he can get 20-22 for him now.

    The question is how much more he can get for this A-hole player.

  • 7 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    I think that Sissoko is a wonderful player who would be great for us with Rafa as our manager as Rafa does see him as a central midfielder, but as much as I like him as a player I really do dislike his methods of trying to get away, I feel that Wijnaldum would be just as desperate to get away as Sissoko is but at least Wijnaldum is being a bit more dignified, I really do dislike Sissoko’s attitude and due to that I am now hoping that we just get rid so we can all just move on.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Perfectly understandable that he wants to ply his trade at a higher level. I think the bit for him that annoys fans is that he says it, but doesn’t back it up with performances on a regular basis that would attract big clubs to him.

    Compare it to when Cabaye said he wanted to join a big club. Cabaye went onto being probably our star man in the first half of the season contributing both goals and assists. He earned his move through consistent high level performances in his last 6 months. If Moussa had done that, I’m sure less people would begrudge him his big move.

    He would be a bench player for Arsenal, given Mourinho’s more functional and pragmatic style, Man U could be a potential option. The others English clubs mentioned seem to be clubs just linked generally as they seem to fluctuate between Moussa and Gini.

    It will be interesting to see who makes the first bid.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Transfer market has gone crazy with the English clubs. If Ibe is worth £15million (although you are also paying for potential) Sissoko is probably around £20million. His showing at the Euro’s could allow us to drive that up, but he wouldn’t be first choice at most of the English elite, and would he accept joining a upper mid table side in the Prem?

    I think he will need to go abroad to achieve Champions league football, and very few of the interested parties are going to have fortunes to spend. Juve seems like the most logical if Pogba moves on, as they will have cash, a French footballer sized hole in midfield, and Champions League.

  • 10 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    I am surprised Newcastle fans were startled at how good he was in the tournament.

    Sissoko has always been consistent when played in the centre or on the inner right of midfield.

    Its only when fools put him on as a left winger that he is inconsistent and lacks heart.

    The only shock to me was that France didn’t win it. I have argued for years that there is nothing wrong with French players and the French National team proved that.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    morning all
    i guess with sissoko’s agents stating he wanted to leave last season but made an agreement to stay for mcwally as long they let him go this season for 18-25m,thats why mcclaren was kissing his arse at the start of last season i suppose…if sissoko doesnt want to play for a great manager, at a great club even at a lower level(which is where he belonged after last seasons performances)for 1 season it maybe a little short sighted of him but i doubt he’ll ever be worth more money then he is now….cash in,move on….the grass is’nt always greener sissoko

  • 12 Oleg G // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    His agent is delusional.

    “We hope that Rafael Benitez and the president will be more reasonable about Moussa’s future.

    “He has always been loyal, he has always respected the club, the fans. There are clubs who came to us and the club [Newcastle]. We are fully aware of their approaches.

    “We want everything to go well.”

    Go well for who? For you. Only. And your player who is doing everything to disrespect the team, the club and the fans!

    Talking about wanting to go to ”beautiful” other clubs etc.
    That’s reapectful?
    Not appearing in the majority of games last 2 seasons is respect?

  • 13 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Lilo i think you have hit the nail on the head. If moussa had played well aka Townsend most fans would have said oh well he is too good for the chanpionship we wish him well. The fact he has been useless and hiding which is wose than just playing poorly imo makes it much worse. Most fans are actually happy with Moussa leaving as anything more then 8M is a bargain imo and the fact 35m has been mentioned is just unbelievable.

  • 14 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Jib, it’s pretty obvious poor old Lee has been reduced to not much more than clerical duties, and I’m sure he’s good at that. Do you really think there has been any decision of any significance that has been made by anyone but Rafa in the last three months? Still, your loyalty is touching. A little sad, but touching…

  • 15 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Funloving Moussa has hardly ever played on the left so it shows how much you know about Newcastle. Also when he has played through the centre for us he has been utter dross apart from his debut at Chelsea which is why he has been moved out to the RIGHT side.

  • 16 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    NUFC 83 the difference was Townsend was a winger and Sissoko is not.

    I wonder if Townsend would have played as well as he did if he had been used as a central midfielder instead.

    I doubt it.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Interesting about this alleged agreement that Sissoko could leave for €25million at the end of the season if he helped McClaren. Can Sissoko or his agent honestly say his performances are classed as helping McClaren? Also, the phrase ‘helping McClaren’. I have only read what has been said on here about it, but why not the club? Why not helping Newcastle United?

    He helped McClaren get relieved of his duties with a nice pay off. Maybe that is what counts.

  • 18 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Will be funny to see him leave to a big side and then the manager of that side realises it was all hype and he actually cant play football. He will end up on the bench of some good team being used as an impact sub.

  • 19 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    More whinging and guff in the German media about MS.

    Andre Buffard of Mondial Sports says – talking about NUFC and Moussa.

    “He was always loyal and always respected the club and the fans”.

    My backside he was !

  • 20 martoon // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Jib @3 – To be fair most including myself never questioned his negotiating skills. It was his extremely poor management skills culminating in the excruciating prolonged firing of McClaren. Now that Rafa is doing the managing Lee can concentrate on what he is good at – the financial side.

  • 21 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    He played right WING not right midfield.
    He has also played for us on the left numerous times.

    He is not and never will be a winger. You cant expect him to perfoprm as a winger because he doesnt have the attributes to play the wing so will always look poor.

    As for “when he has played through the centre for us he has been utter dross” that is just a blatant lie.

    Yes he has had the odd bad game in the centre, everyone has them but he has more often than not played very well there.

  • 22 ToonMatt // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    You can’t blame him for wanting to leave, He’s way too good to be playing in the championship and don’t forget it’s Charnley’s fault that we are in the championship? How that clown still has a job is beyond me.

  • 23 scout // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    If we get 30 million for this man the game is finished.

  • 24 scout // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Toon matt
    Are you mental, its his fault we’re in the Championship

  • 25 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    If he ends up at somewhere like Man Utd under a top manager like Mourinho he will play very well.

    The same ones criticising him will be moaning about how come he didnt do it for us when the answer is bl°°dy obvious.

    A good manager wont stick him on the wing.

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    There are a lot of people to share in the blame of us being in the Championship. Most of the players, the board, coaching staff, owner, even previous coaches probably should be apportioned some fault.

  • 27 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:40 AM


    Your hitting your head against a brick wall mate, I’ve said many times that when Sissoko has played through the middle he has been consistently good but sadly he has rarely played through the middle, only twice has he been played through the middle for a run of games, the first time was the season before last when Obertan and Ameobi were our wingers and with Sissoko dominating the midfield we had a great run, and the second time was last season under Rafa and again he was consistently good, but like I say your wasting your time on this blog because most on the blog just don’t want to see this point, however putting that to one side his attitude and the manner in which he is constantly begging to get out is appalling so I do fully understand why he is so disliked, the truth is I’m starting to dislike him myself and that is from one who really rates him so highly.

  • 28 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Fun loving RW is when you play with a 3 up top can you tell me the last time a manager used that formation? I will tell you as you won’t know clearly it was when Pardew stumbled upon it due to injuries and we finished 5th but I’m afraid Moussa wasn’t even at the club at that time if I recall. He has played Rm as a primary position for us and occasionally moved to the lm role during games as you do so your wrong on that one.

    Also please tell me these games that he played so well through the centre as I can’t recall any apart from a few good ones when he first came?

  • 29 santon3 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    well.. at least he is good for our bank account.
    I really hope someone come with 35mil and take him from us asap, gini as well.

    Please Rafa get SAnton back and Abeid 🙂

  • 30 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    im not a sissoko hater,but his performances were poor and this bloke talks himself up as if he’s turning up every week,shining, where other players are not as good as him…thats bull…when he can be arsed he’s a decent player his first touch and a decision making is’nt champions league level,so he could quite easily end up sitting on a bench at a champions league club like cabaye(who is a much more technically better player and decision maker on the pitch then sissoko has ever been….hopefully this club on a change for the better and players are buying into this feeling but sissoko’s ego or agent want out….take the money,say cheers and goodbye and see where he is in 3 years….going off last 2 years performances…the french lique wilderness would be my guess…with a pocket full of cash off transfer moves here,there and everywhere.

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    How accurate is the positional data on transfermarkt? According to this Moussa has played through the middle more than out wide here, and Rafa is the only manager to have used him on the left at Newcastle.

  • 32 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    The easiest thing to do on this one is just wait and see as it’s clear he will go to a big club due to his hype which most fans can see is just hot air. The manager will then be totally shocked st his inability to pass greater than 5 yards sideways or backwards, shoot or show any composure around the box, cross, show any sort of creativity or vision. He will end up as an impact sub so let’s just wait and see.

  • 33 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    NUFC when you play with 3 up top you dont have to use wingers. You can just as easily use rm, cm and lm with 3 strikers up front.

    442 you use wingers and most teams playing with one striker up front use wingers too.

    See spoofs answer for when he played well because he is spot on.

    Sissoko spent most of the last couple of seasons running the wing. He wasnt tucked in the midfield like a right or left midfielder, he sometimes cut inside but most wingers do that anyhow.

    But we will see who is right once he leaves. You no doubt think he will be an expensive sub whereas I think he will prove to be cheap and run midfield.

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Sissoko and the TOON

    If the top brass had appointed a top manager in the first place instead of Pardew – did OK but lost the plot – but after him, bringing in Carver then McLaren instead of a the top manager then I would guess we would be still in the Premiership.

    BUT the Biggest mistake was not to bring a top manager in in December/January (don’t know when RAFA was sacked at Real) and I guess if we did we would still be in the Premiership and top players would of stayed.

    But in the position we are in now we don’t have the bargaining chips to hold onto top players.

  • 35 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    I must point out though that all this talk of wanting to go to a bigger, beautiful club every season really grates on me and he should be sold but lets not undersell him.

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