Champions League could be the hook for Papiss Cisse
Papiss Cisse has been linked with a move to La Liga with Sevilla.
After winning the Europa League yet again last week, the Spanish club will have money to spend as they look to capitalise on the massive opportunity presented by the extra prize of Champions League football.
Despite the Champions League qualification, Sevilla accept that they will lose star striker Carlos Bacca, with clubs such as Manchester United and Spurs credited with interest.
The Columbian striker has been a massive hit both at Brugge and Sevilla since making a late switch from South American club football.
Bacca turns 29 in September but this isn’t deterring interest from some big clubs.
Ironically Newcastle were linked with the player last summer but said to be put off by the fact he was turning 28 just after the start of last season.
This past year has seen Bacca score 28 goals from 40 starts and a number of games from the bench, helping Sevilla to win the Europa League and finish only two points behind third place in La Liga, ending up in fifth.
According to press reports over the weekend, Sevilla are keen on Papiss Cisse to help fill the gap Carlos Bacca will leave and will easily have the cash to buy him, due to the potential fee for Bacca as well as the Champions League riches that are on their way.
The Newcastle striker had been linked with a move away from St James’ Park even before being in dispute with the club when forced to wear a shirt with Wonga on the front, which the player felt compromised his religious beliefs. Subsequently, a number of different clubs have been credited with interest but his knee injury prevented any move last summer.
Papiss Cisse turns 30 on Wednesday and I find it hard to see him still being at Newcastle when the new season kicks off, with the player seemingly keen on a move and you’d imagine Mike Ashley keen to cash in now that the striker is moving close to having no sell-on value.
As United’s only out and out credible goalscorer, who fills the goals gap is the biggest question to be answered this summer.
Even if Cisse did stay, Newcastle are desperate for at least one more forward, with Ayoze Perez still developing and more of a second/support striker.
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