Rafa Can Now Easily Block Any Move For Moussa Sissoko

The unthinkable is about to become thinkable.

Who would have thought after his display against Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016 tournament on July 10th – 51 days ago – that Moussa Sissoko would still be a Newcastle player with less than two days left of the transfer window?


Moussa Sissoko when told he’s staying on Tyneside


But that’s the situation as Rafa and Newcastle seem to have stuck to their guns and demanded £35M for Sissoko if a club wants to buy him.

And unless something breaks very quickly, it’s looking increasingly as if Moussa Sissoko will still be a Newcastle player on Thursday.

If a club does come in for him with a late bid Rafa can simply say he will still cost you £35M and with so little time left in the transfer window, most clubs would quickly look for alternative players to buy.

Of course Moussa has done his very best to leave Newcastle this summer (so what’s new?) and he has shown the number of clubs he dreamed of playing for when he was a youngster is much bigger than just one.

He has been honored to be linked with the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Inter-Milan and he has changed the league he would like to play in next season based on the latest club reported to be after him.

He wanted to stay in the Premier League, but only the smaller clubs like Crystal Palace and West Brom – along with Everton – seem to be interested.

Manchester United were only linked if they couldn’t sign Paul Pogba for that ridiculous £100M, which is one reason why Rafa has probably insisted on getting £35M for Moussa.

Moussa even looked a better player than Pogba at the Euro 2016 tournament.

Time is running out for Moussa to leave and we suppose a deal could still be done, but that has to be unlikely unless Newcastle can get north of £30M for him.

But given that Rafa never wanted to lose Moussaand that he had the big Frenchman playing his best football at Newcastle in those last few games of last season, Rafa will certainly not go out of his way to allow Moussa to leave Newcastle now.

In fact before the home game against Huddersfield in early August this is what the boss said:

“Moussa is someone we like as an individual and as a player.”

“If someone come in with a right offer we will consider it but if it’s not the right offer we are pleased to keep him here.”

“If someone is waiting to do a deal on 30th August, no chance, because we don’t need to sell.”

Rafa has also said since then that he is pleased Moussa is still at Newcastle, because he is a very good player and he also likes him as a person.

If Moussa stays then Rafa has a job on his hands to get Moussa’s mind on playing for Newcastle this season – and the Frenchman can forget very quickly about any move in January – he will be here for the season.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • toon1707

    Aug 30, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t even think Rafa would play him if he stays there is no reason whatsoever why he could not have played so far this season

  • hibbitt

    Aug 30, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    just hope some club or other comes in with the right offer sick of seeing that miserable mush
    wish he was gone to one of his dream clubs

  • ToonRich

    Aug 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    “and the Frenchman can forget very quickly about any move in January – he will be here for the season.” – What sort of comment is that?! If he stays and plays well, someone may come in with an offer we deem sufficiant in Jan and we can replace him then with the money.

  • expatmag

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Of course he will play. Like it or not, he would be a huge asset in getting us out of thus division if Rafa can get his mind on the job.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Great. We’ll be paying his wages while he does nowt. I can see him refusing to play, and one of those stupid legal battles that usually result in favour of the poor, hard done by player.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6


    I am not sure even rafa could bring his moany facedness round to accept things. I think there is too much water gone under the bridge.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    thats the gamble he could be great a dominant force in the championship or a complete waste of a shirt if Rafa can’t get his head right ??

  • Slank

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle must be the envy of all Championship sides and a few Premiership sides as the club is so financially secure that it doesn’t have to play the ‘we must sell to buy game’.

    I suspect that some of Rafa’s buys are only here for the money as I cannot see them getting regular starts. Players like Clark and Hanley are unlikely to oust Mbemba and Lascelles unless there are suspensions, injuries or a catastrophic loss of form. This same must be true of Murphy replacing Mitrovich.

    If macmanan arrives I can’t see him replacing Ritchie or Gayle or even Gouffran. Even Yedlin may have a hard job trying to unseat Anita.

    Let’s hope that Rafa is good at man management as quite a few egos are going to be tested with his rotational system.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    the bloke is deluded ( he could be kets)

    he isn’t a top European footballer and there wont be a to club him he should lower his sights and we can lower our price then he can go join janmmat at Watford

  • martoon

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Clubs tend to be a bit more desperate in the January window (especially if they are towards the bottom of the league). So I say keep him and play him for now and then hopefully get our asking price in January.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11


    do you think he’s fit play were do you think his head is right now ??

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12


    I hear that Man City’s reserves are the club of Sissokos dreams.

  • Slank

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    It would be very odd and perhaps quite a headache for Rafa if both Tiote and Sissoko were still around on Thursday morning.

    Would Rafa play them ? Probably if only to keep Hayden and Diame on their toes.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Moussa Sissoko contract runs to July 2019, could be a long impasse.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Well if he doesn’t go before the window shuts, he should shut his mouth, get his head down and play like we know he can in hope that someone will come in for him in Jan!

    You want it that bad Moussa. Work for the fcuker!!

  • martoon

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    hibbitt @11 – No not yet but once the window shuts he will have to accept it. Anyway if he wants to put himself in the shop window he needs to play – it will be interesting to see how he does for France this week!

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Sissoko can be the back-up to Mo Diame.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Play him in the cup games lol

  • PeacePipe

    Aug 30, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    If indeed he stay, I’m sure he will play his heart out. He had nothing to loose and so much to prove to the fans and especially to clubs who stated their intention but did not come to get him, how wrong they are to overlook him. He needs to compete with the others to be in the first team actively to sell his skills till January.
    And he needs playing time badly unless they put him in reserve games.

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 30, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    If we had been knocking back reasonable bids we would have heard about it from his agent. He and Sis’s are the only ones not doing their jobs

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 31, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #21

    If, and I don’t know but IF he’s getting say, 50k a week, 17 weeks or so before the next transfer happens, that’s “only” £850,000, in the scheme of things, let him rot in the reserves, or just take £25m for him


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