Arsenal ‘In Talks’ Over Deal For €20m Midfielder – Reports

By on January 2, 2015

Arsenal have opened talks with Newcastle United over a potential deal for €20m-rated midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to L’Equipe.

We’ve been strongly linked with Sissoko in recent weeks with Arsene Wenger believed to have identified the versatile Frenchman as the man to shore up our midfield with the likes of Ramsey, Wilshere and Arteta all spending lengthy spells on the sidelines during the first half of the season.

It appears we’ve now made our move as French-based newspaper, L’Equipe, are reporting that we’ve opened talks over a potential January deal, but Newcastle value the 25-year-old at around €20m (£15.5m).

Reports last month suggested that Arsene was prepared to match that price, but the Independent claimed recently that our opening offer would only be in the region of £9m.

There’s no way Newcastle would accept that kind of money and I just hope this doesn’t turn out like the Yohan Cabaye situation did last year, where we put in a pitiful £10m opening offer before eventually seeing him join PSG for £20m.

The Geordies are under no pressure to sell Sissoko as he’s contracted until 2019, so if we really want him we need to table a serious offer of at least £12m.

The player would jump at the chance of joining us. He admitted as much last month when he said he wanted to play in the Champions League and revealed that he’s a life-long Gooner:

“I have ambition. My goal is to play at the best clubs, playing the Champions League, win trophies, but today I am a Magpie and I am very happy.”

“Arsenal were my favourite club when I was young and my idol was Patrick Vieira. I have always loved this club and I still love them.” Sissoko is quoted as saying by the Mirror

Whether Sissoko is the ideal player we should be buying is open to debate. I personally think we need a ‘proper’ defensive midfielder, but there’s no doubt he’d be a useful player who’d be able to fill several roles, so I’d love to see him join the club this month.

Beggars cant be choosers and all that….



  1. ozed

    January 2, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Wenger does not believe in the philosophy of a Matic type defensive midfielder. he prefers to have a number of ball playing midfielders with some a bit more defensive than the others, but with all able to create.

    Dont expect a conventional holding midfielder until Wenger leaves (whenever that might be).

  2. ibrahim fofanah

    January 2, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Wenger is more attack minded than defence. With the porous defence of his team u would think that afc priority should be at the back and middle. No he is busy chasing Cavani and Sissoko an attacking mfielder Wenger will never learn. I think he ‘s past it.

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  4. hassan

    January 3, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Don’t get dat wrong pls,sisssoko is nt fulltime defensive player,sissoko have have score more goal dis season with numbers of assit,hw I wish wenger can buy sissoko becos of his speed,shot,strong,eyes for goal,areal ball,and tackle,and combine dis with willem carvaho.aka(THE ROCK) den arsenal can beat any team,


    January 3, 2015 at 7:45 am


  6. @joel

    January 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    AW will never learn because he is only exiting in the past. Here and now he is looking for the cheapest players to buy and then he will conclude by saying his type of players are not in the market. I will patiently wait until his days are over in this club. Gunners for life til I die

  7. Tirwakunda Devis

    January 3, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Arsenal is weak in two major areas.Defensive midfield and striking.Wenger MUST be serious with these 2 postions in this summer.Cavani and Khedira are the best!!!

  8. Tirwakunda Devis

    January 3, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Wenger should know that cheap things are always cheap and of poor quality.Let him bring in quality players like he did for Sanchez and Ozi.

  9. homer

    January 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Of all the papars, u have to quote from Mirror? Lying ,vile newspaper.

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