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Relegation could spell the end for Sissoko’s time in the Toon
Serie A giants AC Milan could be set to make a second assault on Newcastle United for midfielder Moussa Sissoko, if the season culminates in relegation for the Toon.
The Magpies currently occupy 19th place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of safety.
Calciomercato.com report that the Rossoneri’s interest in Sissoko is nothing new as there were negotiations last summer before the Italians refused to meet Newcastle’s asking price of €18m.
The transfer news outlet understands the situation could well change, specifically if Rafa Benítez’ side are relegated which would likely see any potential transfer fee considerably lowered.
The former Toulouse player has seemingly asked his agent to set about finding him a new club; even though he currently sits on a contract not due to expire until 2019.
West Ham could however prove a stumbling block for Milan as they are currently believed to be frontrunners in the race for the French international’s signature.
For the Italian giants however, the signing of Sissoko could perhaps be considered a much greater necessity. Given the sheer lack of guile in their midfield, it makes absolute sense that Milan would be looking to strengthen with a player of Sissoko’s characteristics. Currently they are severely lacking someone who is able to carry the ball over long distances, as well as make dangerous runs from deep to support the attack.
With AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi considering a €700m offer from a Chinese-American consortium for control of his club, it is reasonable to suggest that soon money may be no object for the seven-time European Cup winners. However, we have already witnessed a similar situation unfold recently when Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol was apparently close to buying a stake before the deal collapsed. The whole scenario is just about as clear as mud.
One thing is for sure though; the cloud of uncertainty hanging over Moussa Sissoko’s future is unlikely to lift any time soon.