The Italian news outlet Calciomercato is reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is considering a shock move in the summer transfer window to try to bring back Moussa Sissoko to Newcastle United.
That’s after we sold Moussa to Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of last summer’s transfer window for a massive £30M – much more than Moussa was ever worth.
Newcastle fans were letting their Spurs counterparts know he wasn’t worth that much and Spurs fans seemed to fully agree.
Moussa Sissoko – a return to Newcastle?
It turned out to be one of the best deals Newcastle have ever made in the transfer market in modern times.
Tottenham are again doing very well under expert young manager Mauricio Pochettino – and they are only 4 points behind leaders Chelsea with five games to play.
This is what Pochettino had said earlier this season about Moussa:
““Moussa Sissoko has struggled at Tottenham”
“He has failed to live up to expectations” “Football is not about money.”
“You need to show on the training ground you are better than another team-mate and you deserve to be involved.”
What to make of the this story from Italy?
It could be untrue and probably is.
But if Rafa can get Moussa back for say £15M then it could be a good deal and we would support Rafa in doing that.
In fact we’ll support him in whatever he does to make Newcastle great again.
And Moussa has the solid Premier League experience Rafa will be looking for this summer.
We also expect winger Andros Townsend to rejoin Newcastle from Crystal Palace and he seems to be enjoying his football in London.
But that’s probably only because he knows for certain he will soon be playing for Rafa again.
We can execute that £13M release clause in his contract and he would walk to Newcastle to play for Mr. Benitez again.
In the 10 weeks or so Rafa managed Moussa Sissoko last season he made him captain and Sissoko gave some excellent performances for us, including that barnstorming stellar performance in the second half in the 5-1 demolition of Spurs last season.
In that game, Moussa looked the player he has promised to be all his career, but never fulfilled that enormous promise.
And after a terrific display for France in the Euros last summer (Newcastle fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing) he’s gone hopelessly backwards in north London, so it would depend on what Spurs value him at.
He has no future at Spurs.
But one big problem is our fans have never taken to Moussa, who seems to be tone-deaf about how self-centered he comes across in interviews – but Rafa likes the man and rates him too.
We’d still be surprised if this is a deal Rafa makes this summer, but we can understand Rafa’s logic.
What do you think?