Earlier today we reported on news in Italian publication Tuttosport and the say that European Champions Real Madrid are willing to pay €35M (about £30M) for Moussa Sissoko but that’s still £5M short of the Newcastle price for their star midfielder.
Moussa Sissoko is due back at Newcastle next Monday, but we are hoping a deal can be done before then, because the stuff (circus) surrounding Moussa is getting in the way of some important stuff.
Rafa and the players are busy preparing for our first Championship game of the season at Craven Cottage on Friday 5th August, where we really need a win to start off the season in the right way.
Moussa Sissoko in action for Newcastle
There’s news in France today in publication le10sport.com that both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have approached Sissoko’s agent and told him of the wages they would be willing to pay the Newcastle midfielder if he joined them.
The logic they say – is they want to make sure they can satisfy Moussa’s wage demands before they go and do the much more difficult step – which is to try to agree a fee with Newcastle, a club they will find are very tough negotiators.
But it could also be easy – Newcastle want £35M for Moussa and nothing less.
With so many clubs now interested in Moussa – Juventus want him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba if Paul joins the Red Devils – the odds look really good we can get the full £35M.
Then Newcastle would have ample time to get in a replacement or two before September rolls around.
We hope so, but it’s also looking like Newcastle will also play hardball with two of our remaining high profile players Daryl Janmaat and Florian Thauvin.
The club want at least £10M and £12M respectively for the two to leave Newcastle – but we hope both of them stay.
What we don’t want to happen is to lose all of our top players before September rolls around.
They are the types of players we will have to buy next summer if are a Premier League club again – and money in the bank absolutely does nothing for the team – as we have found out over the last rather desperate nine years.