The path to landing a prime transfer target within a short mid-season window as this could be crooked and convoluted at times, as there could be some deals dependent on other deals involving other clubs and their players. As regards our interest in Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko, a major obstacle seems to be out of the way which could now give us free hand to make a definitive swoop according to Daily Star.
PSG had been rumoured as being interested in him, with a potential swap deal that would have seen Yohan Cabaye return to St. James’s Park but the 29-year old is reportedly determined to fight his way into Laurent Blanc’s first team plans on a regular basis, a move which will mean Les Parisiens will have to pay a substantial fee for Sissoko, something their FFP limitations will not allow.
It means we can be more confident of having a straightforward discussion with Newcastle for the 25-year old midfield star who is believed to be keen on a positive move away from the North East to a big club this season. Sissoko has been part of a Newcastle roller-coaster this season that has seen them go from not managing a win in the first 3 months to going on a mazy run of trumps which included victories over City and Chelsea. With Alan Pardew – the man who brought him to England – now gone to London, Sissoko has a London club on the list of his admirers, with the added lure of Champions League football and a chance to play for the team he’s always been a fan of.
Newcastle are believed to value Sissoko within the region of #15m and could be open to do business with the Gunners in January, despite him being a significantly key player to Alan Pardew’s side, with his versatility and vast technical abilities no small weapon. Sissoko’s ability to affect the attack with his pace and ability to play in teammates means he is mostly deployed as a box-to-box midfielder or on the flanks, but the fact he’s been likened by some to Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira, means he could come in handy to solve the gap in defensive midfield for Wenger’s team.
It is inevitable that questions will continue to be raised if Sissoko actually would suit the profile of player needed by Arsenal, as his physical features and technical abilities wouldn’t exactly check all the boxes for what is required for the archetype defensive midfielder of the mould of Schneiderlin, Carvalho or Khedira which the gooners mostly demand. That said, he is as vibrant as any midfielder you’d want to acquire from the Premier League and with the right partnership – Ramsey most likely – we’ll have more security and machismic outlook than the brittle Arsenal the likes of Ryan Shawcross and Stoke City have always loved to smash and clatter.
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