Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew had said earlier this summer he was interested in signing Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle, but not for the £35M asking price.
No club has yet come in with a good offer for the midfielder that Newcastle would be willing to accept – and the news that Real Madrid were interested in Sissoko has been completely debunked by Madrid outlet MARCA – and more than once.
Moussa Sissoko in training last season
On August 3rd they reported sources at the club told them they were not interested in signing Moussa and again last week, after Moussa put out a passionate come and get me appeal to the Spanish giants – reported once again that sources have firmly told them they are not interested in Sissoko and never have been.
So with only 16 days left of the window there could be an opportunity for Crystal Palace to sign what would be a third Newcastle player in the last 12 months.
It could be that Moussa will not get to join his dream club – Arsenal, PSG, Real Madrid, Manchester United – take your choice from what he’s said this summer.
In his latest outburst last week Moussa said he wants to play in the Spanish League, but that could easily be changed to him saying he has always wanted to remain in the Premier League, if Palace do make a bid for him.
But there again Crystal Palace have never played in Europe never mind playing in the Champions League, so if Palace were to register an interest in signing him, we wonder if that would be a move Moussa would want to make.
They are a small club but have a terrific fan base.
And Moussa has always talked about leaving Newcastle for a top club – a Champions League club.
The first step is for Palace to get somewhere near what Newcastle want in terms of the bid, but Rafa Benitez seems to be sticking to his guns and wants the full £35M in today’s very inflated transfer market that has seen Yannick Bolasie signed by Everton today for £25M.
Moussa could join former Newcastle team-mates Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend at Palace but whether they will be able to launch any realistic attempt on a top four place has to be debatable, given they struggled and finished in 15th place last season.
Of course that was still a lot better than we did.
And Palace have never won a major trophy, so it could be a very hard sell for Alan Pardew.
But if Palace come in with a £35M offer then Rafa will accept it and Moussa would then be highly encouraged to join Palace – and Newcastle fans will be pleased to see the back of him.
We should know fairly soon, with the end of August not too far away.