Newcastle star linked with £12 million transfer, should the Magpies cash in?


Moussa Sissoko has been linked with a move to Premier League outfit Liverpool, according to reports emerging out of France.

While Rafael Benitez deciding to continue on as manager has convinced a number of players to stay put at Newcastle, a few are adamant on leaving St. James’ Park this summer and Moussa Sissoko is one of them.

Sissoko has already publicly stated that he cannot play in the English Championship due to his France national team aspirations and is ready to leave Newcastle following the 2016 European Championships.

The French international had told Foot Mercato, “I gave everything there for three-and-a-half years. I hope that Newcastle will be smart enough to understand that to continue my development I need to keep playing at the highest level.

“As I want to stay in the France team I cannot stay in the Championship. There will be discussions. I want to leave.”

Now according to reports from L’Equipe, Premier League outfit Liverpool are interested in securing the services of Sissoko and the Reds are believed to be ready to splash as much as £12 million to sign the 26-year-old.

It may well be a blow for Newcastle to lose Sissoko but they should definitely consider cashing in on the Frenchman this summer. Sissoko clearly does not seem committed to Newcastle’s cause and keeping hold of an unhappy player on high wages certainly does not make sense for the Magpies.

In addition, Newcastle do currently hold the bargaining power over the transfer of Sissoko as he is contracted at St. James’ Park till 2019 and the Magpies should dispense with the services of the midfielder before his value depreciates in the Championship.

£12 million seems like a decent enough price for Sissoko and money raised could help Newcastle fund the transfers for the likes of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, players who actually are keen on playing for the club.