There were reports over the weekend that terms have been agreed between Moussa Sissoko’s representatives and Inter-Milan and it seems the next step is for the Italian club to make a formal offer to Newcastle for the unhappy midfielder.
But with only 9 days left in the summer transfer window it does seem that this saga will now go down to the wire – something Rafa Benitez did not want to happen.
Frank de Boer at Inter-Milan
The news in the last couple of weeks was that Inter’s first choice was Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario, but that the Italian club balked at the fee of €45M wanted by Sporting Lisbon.
In recent days they have shifted their attention to Moussa Sissoko and agreed terms over the weekend and we assumed they would be going after one or the other of the two midfielders.
However new Dutch manager Frank de Boer has mentioned both players as possibilities.
This is what Frank de Boer has said about Inter’s quest for new midfielders:
“We need a strong team, and perhaps it’s true that our midfield is not complete yet at the moment.”
“We will have to keep a close eye on what happens in the transfer market. Joao Mario and Sissoko are interesting players.”
Sporting Lisbon want a whopping €45M for Joao Mario and that’s about £40M and the news is they are ready to formally bid €35M for Moussa Sissoko – and that’s £31M.
So if Inter do make that bid it seems that Newcastle will be able to strike a deal that sees Moussa Sissoko finally leave Newcastle.
Given his behavior over the last two years and this summer in particular – he’s always talking about leaving Newcastle for a big club – that’s probably the best thing for all concerned.
However if does seem that Rafa would be pleased to keep him and has stressed a number of times that we don’t need to sell the French International.
We should watch out for Moussa saying Inter-Milan have always been his dream club – there’s a good chance he will say that.
Inter-Milan are not in the Champions League this season having finished 4th in Serie A last season and they qualified for the Europa League group stage.
What do you think?