Moussa Sissoko has not done well with Tottenham this season, but Spurs might have found a potential buyer to offload the French midfielder if AC Milan’s interest is legitimate.
Every year, there is always a transfer rumor that can’t be taken seriously. And what The Guardian has pooled together among other rumors circulating around lately, a team being interested in Moussa Sissoko certainly wouldn’t be one of them.
But apparently that appears to be the case with AC Milan showing a hint of interest.
The Independent also looked at this transfer rumor, and not surprisingly, Milan seems to be the only club who views the central midfielder-turned-wide midfielder as an “ideal addition” to Vincenzo Montella’s squad.
On the surface, any team who is remotely interested in Tottenham’s £30 million signing — even if it’s very little — should be seen as a potential buyer.
With 24 appearances in all competitions this season, Moussa Sissoko has certainly seen his fair share of game time. A good sign even if Spurs made a poor choice to panic-buy the 27-year-old Frenchman. Meaning, he’s not exactly a waste per se.
Sissoko has helped rotate with Christian Eriksen this year due to Érik Lamela being sidelined for nearly four months with a hip injury, giving Pochettino another option to select from his bench when needed.
It’s just that, in the matches where Sissoko has made an appearance, he has rarely come good. His best stretch happened around mid-December which coincided with a tactical switch to a back three and facing lesser competition in the Premier League.
Still, while those are the small positives, the negatives for the French international in his debut season with Spurs far outweigh the price tag hanging above his head.
Outside of receiving a three-match ban for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in the face, Sissoko has made six Premier League starts (16 appearances) but has been subbed off in five of those starts.
A sign that the Frenchman is clearly not fitting within Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
It should be noted that Moussa Sissoko has been given the opportunity to prove his worth, but starting games has been few and far between.
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Sissoko’s last league start was against Southampton back on December 28th. He last started a match against Gent in Spurs’ 1-0 loss (though Moussa Sissoko was subbed off in the 71st minute), where he played poorly.
In the FA Cup, Sissoko has made two starts (Aston Villa and Wycombe). He wasn’t named on the squad against Fulham however.
Sissoko has only made one start in the Champions League group stage. He has been subbed in three other times to make four total appearances.
All of these substitution appearances and spot starts have been coming since Sissoko first signed with Spurs. As he was always envisioned as a backup player. He just so happens to be expensive.
That said, despite being a dud of a signing, Pochettino still sees some value in having Sissoko in his matchday squad. Whether he starts or not and whether he gets to play or not.
And the reason being is, mostly having extra depth on the bench.
Moussa Sissoko has Premier League experience which is vital, even if he didn’t exactly impress much with Newcastle during his time with the club.
Because Lamela is still sidelined with a hip injury, Sissoko needs to be kept for the time being. And of course, the fact that he cost Tottenham £30 million makes it even more obvious that he needs to play in games. To justify his price.
So, if this transfer rumor holds any weight (which is doubtful in all honesty), and the Italian press, Calciomercato, believes that AC Milan could offer Moussa Sissoko that escape to leave Tottenham after a season, then Daniel Levy should make this sale happen in the summer.
Though, the Spurs chairman should go in knowing that Milan won’t pony up anywhere near £30 million. Not after the Italian club paid a record fee that has yet to be broken of £37 million for Fiorentina’s Manuel Rui Costa in 2000.
Therefore, Levy will have to sell at a loss. Because no team in their right mind would pull off something like Tottenham did by buying Moussa Sissoko for more than he’s actually worth.