Newcastle attacking midfield star, Moussa Sissoko, is getting closer to a move to the Emirates as a potential exchange plan that would have seen him go to France appears to be falling through according to Express.
Billionaire Ligue 1 Champions, PSG had been rumoured to be 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 becomes an easier path to negotiate a transfer 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 of lure of Champions League football and a chance to play for the team he’s always been a fan of.
Sissoko’s value at St. James’s is believed to be 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.
There is little doubt about Sissoko’s abilities and he actually would suit the profile of player needed by Arsenal. He has both the physical features and technical abilities that should see the outlook of our midfield tilt more towards the robust side of the weight scale. He can play as a winger, a Number 10 or a box-to-box midfielder, offering Wenger more variety than most of our players who, truth be told, seem to be too alike to some extent, never mind that was Emmanuel Frimpong’s idea.
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