Will Moussa Sissoko Return To The EPL This Summer?
August 16, 2016
Quite aside from being a stellar international tournament in its own right, Euro 2016 is also a shop window for the best players on the continent. This is evidenced by the number of players who have been the subject of intense transfer speculation, from France’s Paul Pogba to Germany forward Mario Götze.
One player who may have escaped your attention is the French and Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who has enjoyed a tournament that captures his career in microcosm. Distinguished by inconsistency and long period of inactivity, Sissoko has also showed devastating moments of pace and power that have caught they eye of several Premier League clubs.
Who is Interested in signing Sissoko?
With Sissoko clear in his desire to leave relegated Newcastle this summer, there are a couple of clubs that have declared their interest so far. The first to show their hand was Midlands outfit West Browich Albion, who sent scouts to watch Sissoko a hot and cold display during the decisive Group stage draw against Switzerland. While the game will not have revealed anything that the club did not know already about the 26-year old powerhouse, Albion were thought to be at the point of making an undisclosed bid.
The Baggies may need to act fast, however, particularly with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool outfit apparently coming into contention for Sissoko’s signature. The midfielder’s dynamic cameos in France’s run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016 has certainly captured the German manager’s attention, as he looks to instil some pace, power and drive at the heart of his side. His energy is also thought to appeal to the Red’s enigmatic boss, whose aggressive pressing style is well-known throughout Europe.
Given this and Klopp’s failure to land another major target this summer, Sissoko seems like a viable transfer option and would cost the Reds virtually nothing at £12 million (relatively speaking, at least).
Will Sissoko rock up at Anfield?
As ever, it is almost possible to determine whether or not a specific transfer rumour has any legs or not in the current market. Sissoko is certainly keen on making a move, however, while relegated Newcastle are unlikely to turn down a multi-million pound offer for the star. This means that so long as Liverpool, Albion or any other interested party make a serious and committed offer to buy Sissoko, he secure a transfer sooner rather than later.
At the moment, however, Liverpool would appear to be in prime position to close the deal if they wish to.