Report – Dream Club Readying Huge Bid For Sissoko

The Mirror is reporting that PSG could make a €42M bid for Moussa Sissoko, which using today’s exchange rate is worth around £35.6M

But we probably should be a little skeptical of this report because of two things.

One is that it was the Mirror who reported yesterday that Newcastle want to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic, maybe to Everton, because Rafa no longer trusts him – and that seems to be completely inaccurate.

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Moussa Sissoko – his dream club – PSG – readying big bid?

The second thing is that it’s well known Newcastle want £35M for Moussa and the Euro figure just happens to translate to almost exactly that figure.

However just to get over that small problem Newcastle are reported to want €45M for Sissoko, but that a deal could probably be struck for the 26 year-old French International midfielder.

Between €42M and €45M – of course a deal could be struck.

Maybe we are wrong, but we’d be very surprised if this report is accurate.

However we did our homework and yes – PSG is in the list of dream clubs Moussa has talked about – so he would move to his home town club.

PSG want Sissoko as a potential replacement for another French International Blaise Matuidi, who could well be joining Manchester United this summer.

How much would they be willing to pay for Blaise after paying out £110M for Paul Pogba?

The fee that has been mentioned is around £25M, but he’s not as good as Moussa Sissoko – about £10M not as good.


And Newcastle could even sell Moussa on the final day of the transfer window, because we already have his replacement at the club – Mohamed Diame, who we brought in from Hull City for £4.5M – the release clause in his contract.

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20 comments so far

  • BandB

    Aug 8, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Who at the club or among the fanbase really believes we should stick out for a profit of nearly £30 million on a player who absolutely does not want to play for us and who can only be a massive source of poisonous discontent in the dressing room at precisely a time when Rafa clearly knows he still has a job to engender a sense of responsibility in the players for their own performances?
    We got Sissoko on the cheap and it looks like we have to sell him to invest in new players. So lets not go down the old route here of “we are only selling at a price that gives us a good chuckle.”

  • Bambams

    Aug 8, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s the Mirror….

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    I reckon we should stick out for £30m plus. Why not. We’re not a bleedin charity.

  • Jib

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Ivan Toney joining Shrewsbury on loan for the season

  • southafrican magpie

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m always hearing that Diame is Sissokos replacement but where is Winaldum replacement then

  • jayphoto

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    So, couple things I noticed on Fridays game (was at the match)
    1) Gayle has great movement. Made countless runs beyond the CB only to see the ball passed square. Possibly needs to play with someone much closer to him as he was far too isolated and hasn’t the strength to battle 2 centre halfs.
    2) Hayden is pretty decent.
    3) Colback offers little but a late tackle and a sideways pass. Shelvey came on and looked for players making runs. Colback was the worst player on the pitch for me.
    4) Hanley is never going to take mbembas place when chancel is fit. Looked uneasy on the ball.
    5) We’re going to concede bucket loads from corners up until October because the players aren’t used to zonal marking. Once they are used to it we’ll never concede from set pieces again.
    6) We were far too cautious throughout. If teams set up like this against us we’ll need 2 up top.
    7) The refereeing standard is shocking.
    8) Perez is an impact player off the bench, offers little when he starts. The way Fulham set up, really deep, would have been tailor made for a de jong like player as their defensive line meant pace running beyond wasn’t much of an option.
    9) We need 1, possibly 2 wingers. Anita is not a winger.
    10) Ritchie is quality. Looked to make things happen, worked like a dog.
    11) Fulham targeted the lack of pace of janmaat and dummett. There was a fair few times when their wingers made runs and left the fullbacks for dead but their midfield didn’t have the quality/vision to find the runners.

  • lesh

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7


    £35m represents the Club’s target in negotiations for Sissoko.

    Whether he’s worth that or not is a function of who’s prepared to pay what and his selling price could even be higher given the vast amounts of money slushing about in the game.

    Did you think that Bale was worth the £83m Spurs sold him for? He may have proved his worth now, but then?

    Rafa’ll try to get as much as he can for the perulant prima-donna.

  • lesh

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8


    One solution to our weakness at defending set pieces is to adopt the Don Revie/ Leeds model – a big defender at each post for corners. That’s a lot simpler than zonal marking.

  • geordie157

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Jayphoto, what was the view on Armstrong from the travelling fans?

    Watching on the box he looked lively, wanted the ball but it’s hard to judge him when the side were trying to force passes and frustrations were clear to see.

    Personally I’d start him and Aaron’s vs Huddersfield, get more pace in the side and Ritchie can play where he’s most effective, on the right.

  • jayphoto

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    @lesh /bandb – very hard to determine what a player is worth these days. In truth Wijnaldum shouldn’t have been worth 25m, but then when you compare him in stats to Mane, he actually comes out better yet mane cost 36m.
    Sissoko is worth whatever someone will pay for him or down to the point of what it will cost the club to replace him with a same or better standard player.
    For me he is an 18m player, but is international performances, and performance in an under pressure final probably add 8-10m onto that. The attributes are there, he needs the right motivation and manager. At say an Arsenal he could dominate the premier league. Personally think the club have robbed someone if they take 25m for him, he’ll never be the player he can be for Newcastle consistently, he’s proved that year after year.

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    It would be easier to get rid of a nasty bout of ‘flu than Moussa at the moment. It will be a relief for him, of course, to leave such an inferior club as ours and I am sure any bench he warms will be gold plated; like so Cabaye and Debuchy, particularly the latter who has lost his place in the national team. Oh well, that’s what playing for inferior clubs does for you, I guess. Meanwhile, at the utterly craven Cottage, I had expected a draw but it’s a question of not panicking. Rafa has made no secret of the difficulty our club faces in reaching a point where we can compete at the highest levels – this project is not about a year or so getting things right. I think we’re looking at the very long term – around 5 years – during that time wherein we achieve promotion, then PL consolidation, the embedding of a winning mentality [which can be a very long term process, despite new buys] and the careful building of a quality, mentally tough team. In Rafa, I’ll always trust. We’ve got to give him time. A lot of it. Also, minor grammatical police issue, Dr Ed, but you are a Brit – it’s sceptical, sceptical, sceptical.!! 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    @geordie157 I thought Armstrong looked almost too eager when he came on, reckon he’ll need a few games to settle down. Personally I’d stick with him this season though, certainly ahead of players like goffran and riviere! Fulham just sat too deep for a small pacey striker though. Mitro would have been a massive plus point. When Scott parker came on they literally played with the 2 centrebacks camped as far back as possible with 3 midfielders campbed just ahead of them. They only attacked on the wings, with 2 seriously rapid fullbacks overlapping 2 rapid wingers. Their manager had done the home work tbh and knew our weakness would be slow fullbacks.
    The space to be had for us was behind the fullbacks but we had no one to aim at from wide areas

  • Jib

    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    nufconceandblah blah

    Xenophanes was the first sceptic who denied that knowledge could be obtained by us humans; at best we merely have beliefs.

    In Greek it’s skeptikistís

    Most learned people spell it with a “k”

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t see properly when my scepticals fall off. Or Skepticals or skeptikals.

  • Jib

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s when your testikals fall off that you should worry !!!!!!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Luckily i could probably still see without my Testikals

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib – and indeed a sense of achievement when you grow some.

    Boom boom -get in!

  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anyone know much about this Everton left back we’re looking at? Seems like a sensible idea bringing someone in on loan as Rafa probably wants to have a look at Haidara before making a decision on him.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Jay very good post , B and B aswell.
    There is nothing wrong with fans criticising Rafa where they feel its appropriate, providing the criticism is based on something rather more than nonsense or the sort of anger we see here against other managers. Tactically we got it wrong the other night. But onwards and upwards


    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Nxt Game

    Gamez, Aarons,Arma In For Dummet, Colback, perez


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