The Guardian is reporting tonight that Everton are willing to meet Newcastle’s £35M fee to take Euro 2016 star player Moussa Sissoko to the other Liverpool club.
So if that happens and we are sure Wijnaldum’s deal to Liverpool of maybe £27M will almost guarantee that if Newcastle do sell Moussa this summer – we will get the full asking fee for him of £35M.
The extra £2M Newcastle tagged onto the Wijnaldum fee seems to be to pay for the sell-on clause in his Newcastle contract.
That means around 20% of the Newcastle profit (£27M-£14.5M=£12.5M) on Gini will go to former club PSV – that’s about £2.5M and not the massive £5M some outlets are reporting, which is 20% of the total fee.
Moussa Sissoko in action for France
Everton have been in a long drawn-out potential deal for Belgium International midfielder Axel Witsel, which is now said to be in the balance, and the Guardian are reporting Everton could switch to Sissoko.
And if they are willing to pay the full £35M, the deal could go through very quickly with world-class (in his own mind) Moussa Sissoko wanting to leave Newcastle as quickly as possible – and he would rather not report back to Newcastle on August 1st as planned.
Most Newcastle fans will be happy to see the back of Moussa, because of his numerous comments about wanting to join a Champions League club for over two years.
It’s interesting that Everton are not a Champions League club – at least not at the moment.
The Guardian report is that Everton officials met today to discuss “significant” moves in the transfer market, with their new manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch manager has yet to bring in an outfield player this summer and the new American owners are keen to impress the fans.
As we reported today, Serie A Champions Juventus are also keen to sign Sissoko as a replacement for Paul Pogba, with Manchester United looking almost certain to buy their former player back for £100M.
If we get £27M for Gini and £35M for Sissoko that’s very good business for Newcastle, getting maybe £62M for just two players.
But we need to replace each of them and that could prove difficult, but Rafa Benitez has contacts all over the place so we should be able to bring in some decent players as replacements.
Newcastle today signed Scottish center-back Grant Hanley of Blackburn for around £5.5M with add-ons after three weeks of negotiating – and he’s the sixth player brought in by Rafa with seemingly more on the way.