Newcastle are set to play hardball with Moussa Sissoko over his transfer – and the club will not let the French International midfielder leave for less than the £35M transfer fee they have put on his head.
Mike Ashley is said to be determined to get the full value for Moussa, who starred for France in the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer and outshone Paul Pogba who made a £100M move to Manchester United a couple of weeks ago.
Rafa Benitez rates Moussa Sissoko
Juventus, Everton and Tottenham are the 5/1 favorites on SkyBet to sign Moussa before Wednesday night and those odds have lengthened recently.
The Mirror is reporting that Juventus are only willing to pay £15M for the player and there’s just no way Newcastle will let the Frenchman leave for that fee.
What seems to be happening here is that the clubs are aware he had a poor season for Newcastle last term and if he is the top player he seems to think he is – how come we were relegated?
That’s some of what’s putting off the top clubs bidding highly for him.
Now we hear Juventus is Moussa’s preferred destination, but that changes by the day depending on which club is interested in him.
Mike Ashley believes in today’s transfer market that £35M is a realistic price for one of the stars of Euro 2016 tournament.
Mike wants an Andy Carroll type deal for Sissoko and if he doesn’t get one then Moussa could wake up on Thursday morning from a nightmare and realise he is still a player for Newcastle United.
Sissoko has even blamed Newcastle yesterday in L’Equipe for asking too much for him and he would be very well advised to keep quiet over the next four days until a deal is ether done or not done.
Rafa Benitez was asked last night about Sissoko’s future, and this is what the manager said:
“It’s the same situation, I explained the other day, we can do nothing.” “We are pleased because we still have a very good player.”
“If somebody wants to come they have to offer the right price. Then we’ll decide.”
If Sissoko does stay at Newcastle then he will have to hunker down and start playing well for the team – something he didn’t do last season.