Newcastle have so far had no acceptable bids come in for Moussa Sissoko and there are 16 days left in this transfer window.
It seems Rafa will be happy when September arrives so he can have a settled squad and there are still players who could leave the club before then and they include Manu Riviere, Yoan Gouffran, Henri Saivet, Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
Moussa Sissoko – will he stay or go
It looks like he could stay
One of the other players who could leave by then is Moussa Sissoko, but with Newcastle having a poor start to the season it will only strengthen the club’s resolve to get the full £35M for Moussa this month.
That may not happen and last Friday Rafa said it is unlikely Newcastle will sell Moussa late in this transfer window.
Rafa also asked clubs who are interested to bid for him, so maybe in a week or so a decision could be made on Moussa.
If no bids come in through next Monday – August 22nd – with 9 days left in the window – it wouldn’t be too surprising if Rafa said Newcastle will not sell the French International.
That’s because we wouldn’t be able to bring in a replacement and in such a vital season for the club, we wouldn’t even want to risk not being able to bring in a replacement.
That’s something that’s changed a lot from the past.
On January 31st, 2011 we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool with no chance of replacing the local striker, but that’s when money and a good bank account was the only thing that mattered at the club.
Things have changed big time under Rafa Benitez and the squad is all important now.
Benitez doesn’t want the Sissoko uncertainly to last too much longer and the time is fast approaching when Newcastle could make a decision to keep him this summer.
That could happen as soon as next Monday if no bids come in this week.
It would then be a problem for Newcastle fans to still have Moussa at the club, following his stupid, tone-deaf and disparaging remarks in the press about Newcastle, since he finished Euro 2016 with France.
But it’s not something that Rafa couldn’t patch up and hopefully have Sissoko playing well for the side fairly quickly.