The Moussa Sissoko saga at Newcastle has dragged on since the Euro Finals in France in June and July, when Sissoko played really well for his home country and subsequently drove his transfer price up to £35M.
Since the final on July 10th, which France lost 1-0 to Portugal after extra time, Moussa has done his very best to attract some top clubs to come in for him, but the player who turned 27 yesterday has so far been successful.
Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko
There are now just two weeks to go in the window and Rafa Benitez in his interviews yesterday again mentioned that if Newcastle don’t get the price they want for the big man he will stay on Tyneside.
For his part, Benitez has again mentioned he will be really pleased if Sissoko stays at Newcastle.
This is what Rafa said about the players still to leave Newcastle this month:
“Only the players that we want to allow to go will leave. “The message the other day was very clear about Moussa.”
“Moussa is now the big name in the market – if someone wants Moussa, they have to pay.” “If we are happy with the price, and he is happy, then we can maybe consider.”
“But if we are not happy, then he can stay here and I will be really, really pleased to keep him.”
“We have had some movements (enquiries) around him. “We know his agent is doing things, but the deal has to be right for everyone.”
And Sissoko, who is very rarely injured, picked up an ankle injury on Monday in training during a five a side game and will not play in the important game tonight at home to Reading.
Yesterday there was news in L’Equipe that both Everton and Inter-Milan are interested in him and that Everton officials were meeting with his representatives in Paris.
But the big stumbling block could well be the £35M fee, which Newcastle will not lower just to get a deal done this month.
And even if Everton are willing to pay out the full £35M it’s debatable whether moving to Merseyside would be a good move for him, since Everton haven’t been in the Champions League for a long time.
Moussa wants to move to a top club playing in the Champions League, as he’s told everybody who will listen to him over the last couple of years.