AC Milan are reportedly in the hunt for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko
According to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur’s French midfielder Moussa Sissoko has emerged as a transfer target for Italian outfit AC Milan. The 27-year-old moved to White Hart Lane on deadline day in the summer for a commendable £30 million from Newcastle United.
That fee eclipsed the then club-record valuation Spurs had shelled out for Erik Lamela in 2013. Many were surprised at the sight of the Frenchman walking through the door at the club, and wondered whether he was a panic buy on the last day of the window.
Unfortunately for the club hierarchy, they were proven right, as Sissoko has struggled in his first season at his new club. He has only managed to tally six league starts all season, and has struggled to nail down a first-team berth in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
He has already started to be written off as the flops of the season as Tottenham look to have wasted a colossal sum of money on yet another player.
When Pochettino deployed a 3-4-3, Sissoko was nowhere to be seen, as Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane dominated the attacking trident, while Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele looked comfortable as a two in midfield.
Even with him reverting to a 4-2-3-1, Eriksen and Son Heung-min have taken up their stations on the wings, leaving Sissoko content for a place on the bench, and few cameo appearances every now and then.
Spurs CEO Daniel Levy is known to get good deals for the players the club offloads, and will be looking to capitalise on the sale of the mega flop that is Moussa Sissoko. At 27, he is unlikely to get any better in the future, and it will be wise to get him off the books as fast as possible, so as to recoup some part of the £30 million spent on him in the summer.
AC Milan are set to be taken over by Chinese consortium Sino Europe in March and may have the funds to match Spurs’ asking rate of the French midfielder cum attacker. They are unlikely to pay £30 million, but Levy would accept an amount lower than that as long as he reduces his losses made on the player.
Juventus, Sevilla and Everton are among the clubs that are keeping an eye on the Frenchman, and could look to battle AC Milan for his signature at the end of the season.