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Frank De Boer Talks About Moussa Sisssoko Being Interesting

9:27 am, Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

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

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Financials · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    It could be Clinton N’Jie at Spurs

  • 2 giimps // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Bye Moussa, good luck………………to whichever team who’s door you sully

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Band B

    I don’t think there is anything too sinister in that regard to Knockaert. The player himself just seems genuinely very happy being at Brighton, a la Forestieri at SW. I think we allegedly made a good offer and subsequently an improved one, but win some, lose some.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Has he broken into the team? I thought he was being a makeweight in their deal for a winger from a French side?

  • 5 BandB // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:50 AM


    I didn’t say it was sinister.
    We’ll probably have a another crack at him on the next orbit. It’s what we do. Its what we’ve always done. Nothing new about that.

  • 6 martoon // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Re Knockaert. I don’t know anything about the guy but it is a big move to relocate from the South coast to Tyneside. He may be settled, have a young family, kids in local schools etc. What I’m saying is it is not always just football matters that dictate these things no matter what the offer is.

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    BandB…Seems this one is getting lost, somehow.

    Perhaps try writing it in braille?

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Makes a pleasant change from Moussa Sissoko talking about Moussa Sissoko.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Apparently now after all this fannying about, Galloway will not be joining us.

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    I really can’t see anyone joining us, I’d be very surprised.

  • 11 hibbitt // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    no better time to talk to them than this weekend looking forward to seeing him
    is Knockaert as good as people say
    maybe the crowd could sway him ?

  • 12 Jib // Aug 22, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    He was going to go to Marseilles on loan with Nkoudou in the other direction but Pochettino has had a rethink apparently.

  • 13 BandB // Aug 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM



    We all seems to agree Knockeart isn’t coming.
    We all seem to agree we need a left winger with some creativity.
    The question is, where is he?
    Why isn’t the all-powerful manager on it?
    But I know what you mean.
    “You stay here and guard the prince” Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

  • 14 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    I think a lot of folk have jumped to the (understandable) conclusion that Rafa has full sway over our transfer dealings. It seemed logical to assume it was a non-negotiable piece of the jigsaw for him to commit to the club. But he himself has said that Charnley is essentially still the man doing the deals. And if that doesn’t horrify you, I’d suggest it should.

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Aug 22, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    BandB…A lot is being pinned on Rafa being a somewhat better weaver than his predecessors.

    I do hope we don’t have to see Mike waddling around in the nude again anytime soon.

  • 16 BandB // Aug 22, 2016 at 10:13 AM


    Never mind. If we can end the window £40 million in credit with the wage bill slashed, I’ll be made up. me.

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Aug 22, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    BandB…After all this time, that goes without saying.

  • 18 geordiemark // Aug 22, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    rafa take the 30 million and get that French sulk out the club no more French bloody players

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