Loan acceptable but sale would be better for Tottenham midfielder

Jul 25, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko (17) Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 25, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko (17) Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

While a loan would create some cash and space in the Tottenham Hotspur midfield, selling Moussa Sissoko would be the best option.

Moussa Sissoko has been at Tottenham Hotspur for almost five years having joined Spurs on a deadline day deal back in 2016. After a slow start, Sissoko found himself nearly indispensable in the Tottenham midfield for the better part of two seasons. As age is making it harder for Sissoko to make up for what he lacks in ability with athleticism, now is the time for Tottenham to sell the Frenchman.

Time for Tottenham midfielder to move on

At 31 and never truly a fan favorite, a sale is what would be ideal from a Spurs perspective regarding Sissoko. Only currently valued at $11 million (£7.8 million) with two years remaining on his contract, most fans would take anything near $10 million (£7.1 million).

Apparently, Napoli, among other clubs in Italy are interested and may even make an offer in the coming days. According to Football London, the offer is more likely to be a loan than a purchase option.

The article indicates that the club would be open to a loan but at 31 with so many other moving pieces in the team, now is the time to sell Sissoko. A loan simply means the club will be doing this again next season and looking to find a 32-year-old a home. Yes, that loan pays his salary but it does not really solve the problem of freeing the books completely.

What happens to Sissoko will tell us a lot about Tottenham

The real question is who is running the Tottenham ship, as we know Daniel Levy paid $34 million (£24.1 million) for Sissoko to begin with, in that deadline day deal. That expense, far more than his value, set him up for failure with the fans before touch one as he could never live up to his price tag. And now that expense may be problematic again if the club is not willing to sell Sissoko for far less than he was purchased for.

If Tottenham refuses any offers near the  $10 million (£7.1 million) mark for Sissoko, it will appear – true or not – that Levy, not Fabio Paratici is still running the football operation. While a loan rumor is a start, a sale is what we are looking for from the new leadership.

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What happens with Sissoko will likely be very telling as selling players is part of the clean out needed. Selling the Frenchman would be a big win for Paratici with the fans, now can he make it happen?