Looking to sustain their title challenge, reports from Italy claim that Napoli are preparing an offer for Moussa Sissoko.
Sky Sports reporter in Italy, Ginaluca Di Marzio, says that the Italian club are now turning to the Newcastle midfielder after failing to land two other midfield targets.
Currently two points clear at the top of Serie A, Napoli are desperate to strengthen in this window and have had knockbacks for Porto’s Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera and Bayer Leverkusen’s German international Christoph Kramer.
Moussa Sissoko has a fragile relationship with the Newcastle supporters, capable of being a match winner on his good days, those days haven’t happened often enough in the last couple of years and his regular comments about looking forward to playing for a Champiopns League club don’t exactly help.
It would be a massive shock if Newcastle were prepared to let the French international go, if there is genuine interest from Napoli or elsewhere.
However, with Newcastle shelling out around £17m already in this window and strong rumours of maybe Andros Townsend and/or a striker coming in as well, the imminent departure of Cheick Tiote and possibly some fringe players such as Williamson and Gouffran, will do little to balance the books.
This month has already seen reports of Newcastle trying to get Moussa Sissoko to sign a new contract for more money and an additional year added to the current deal.
The reason being that the player could potentially leave on the relative cheap due to the ‘Webster Ruling’ (which is how Jonas Gutierrez came to Newcastle), a player being able to buy themselves out of the remainder of their contract if they are three years or more into their current deal. This month sees Moussa Sissoko completing three years at St James Park…
So if Sissoko showed no inclination to agree a new deal, it would leave Mike Ashley with a dilemma – an asset that could rapidly diminish in value once this transfer window closes.
Whether Moussa Sissoko would see Napoli is an enticing option is open to question but they do look to have a great chance of a title win this season and appear almost certain to playing Champions League football next season. Though he would have to balance that against the risk of upsetting his chances of playing in this summer’s Euros if he ended up struggling for his place at Napoli.
Obviously all speculation at the moment but with this transfer window looking very likely to have a lot more twists and turns in it for Newcastle United, I think it unlikely that Mike Ashley will be backing any other big buys for players unless they are seen as guaranteed first team regulars.
So if for example a winger or forward is going to come in, room would also have to be made in the team. What better way than one of the few people who could command a big fee at Newcastle United?