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Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of Newcastle powerhouse Moussa Sissoko, and the Arsenal boss is apparently looking to capitalise on the Magpies’ relegation woes by securing the French midfielder for a cut-price £10m, according to the Express.
The 66-year-old has reportedly made an initial approach for his compatriot, hoping to rescue him from a year in the Championship. It seems incredibly unlikely that Sissoko – along with many of his other Newcastle teammates – will be staying at the club next season, as some were arguably already too good for the club even before they were relegated.
It will therefore be harder for Rafa Benitez – if the Spanish manager stays himself – to keep hold of his top talent, and a number of clubs will be looking to pick up a few bargains this summer. Sissoko may already be contemplating an exit, and the fact that he’s looked to force a move to Arsenal in the past (via The Independent) suggests we’re in with an excellent chance of signing him.
While many would argue that Sissoko isn’t quite of the calibre we need this summer, he’d definitely bring something very different to our squad. His powerful marauding runs down the flanks and through the middle would set him aside from the more tricky wide-men we have at the club currently, and would allow Wenger a few tactical options.
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The fact that he already has Premier League experience would also be a real boost, and at £10m you can’t really complain. His work-rate has been brought into question at times, but hopefully Wenger could get the best out of him.