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Tottenham Hotspur have a £30m conundrum to solve with Moussa Sissoko

Tottenham will not want to lose hefty amounts of money on the Frenchman.

Mathew Nash



This summer has seen a heap of Tottenham Hotspur players linked with a move away from the club. Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele’s contract situations make them precarious whilst the likes of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Fernando Llorente and Danny Rose have also been linked with a Spurs exit. Another name to add to that list is Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman has failed to capture the imagination with his performances at Spurs. The 28-year-old joined from Newcastle United on transfer deadline day 2016. But since then he has been something of a bit-part option for Spurs. He played just 25 times in the league in his first season at the club. Despite that improving last term, with the French midfielder playing 47 times overall, he has still failed to win over fans at Tottenham.

But whilst Spurs would probably be open to letting him go this summer, they face something of a problem.

(during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County at Wembley Stadium on February 7, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham paid £30 million to sign Sissoko in 2016. He had just come off the back of an impressive European Championships with France and his market value was at an all-time high.

Right now, there is no chance that Spurs would convince a side to spend that sort of money on his services.

The only option, therefore, for his exit, would be a loan move. However, Sissoko is far too valuable to let leave temporarily.  The club want to get some money back on him, so leasing him out for a year may not make sense.

For Tottenham, their best bet may still be to stand by Sissoko. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but on his day he is a very talented footballer.

If Spurs are not going to be sufficiently financially compensated for his departure then they may as well keep him on board.



  1. Phil

    July 9, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Get him out of my Club! He’s not good enough, don’t understand what Pochetinho ever saw in him and he really needs to cut his loses and sell him.
    Hope to see Malcon or Pulisic replace him, although I think a paper bag would be an upgrade!

  2. Tony

    July 9, 2018 at 9:55 am

    So we keep him on the books…….along with all the other dross we’ve accumulated. We must hold the record amongst the other top clubs for our collection of ‘has beens’, ‘never will be’s’ and generally second rate players!! Apart from maybe Arsenal.

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Now valued at £31.3m, Tottenham could have got Cengiz Under for £11.7m

Tottenham tried to sign the Roma winger last summer, but he headed to Italy.

Mathew Nash



It seems that AS Roma winger Cengiz Under is a wanted man this summer. Manchester City are reportedly keen on the player, after an excellent debut season in Serie A. As reported by Calciomercato the Turkish international has a fond admirer in the form of City boss Pep Guardiola.

That has since seen his market value make the headlines. It is reported by Hurriyet that Under is valued at €35 million (£31.3 million). That report also suggests Tottenham are keen on the player. It seems unlikely and rather interesting timing, considering it came just hours after an opinion piece in the British press about Tottenham revisiting their previous interest.

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Because Spurs were keen on the player last summer.

Ajanspor reported at one point that Tottenham were close to signing the player from Istanbul Basaksehir. However, he headed to Roma instead. The player himself spoke of why he decided on Italy over the UK.

“I was convinced after we heard Monchi’s plan. Monchi [Roma’s director of football] explained they were making big changes. He made it clear that he wanted me as a player for the first-team squad, not as a future prospect. He valued me as a footballer in my own right now, as a rising star with potential.”

Cengiz Under on why he chose Roma

Under has since gone on to have a great season in the Italian capital and has clearly caught the eye of other clubs.

The fee he joined Roma for was a bargain. The Giallorossi snapped up Under for a fee of just £11.7 million.

Tottenham must no doubt regret not managing to secure a deal for the player last summer. He was at a bargain price and proved to be a successful recruit.

If Tottenham want him again in the future, they are looking at paying double what they might have 12 months ago.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Grealish wait, Pavard blow and new kits

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash



Grealish wait

Tottenham Hotspur are not likely to tie up a deal for Jack Grealish before Sunday, despite conflicting reports.

Spurs fly out on their US tour on Sunday and there has been some suggestions that Aston Villa want a deal done before then – with another tax bill looming.

But Football.London report that the two sides are still far apart on a fee and negotiations are unlikely to be done by the end of the week.

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Pavard blow

Tottenham have been linked with Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The World Cup winner with France has been suggested as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld – whose future looks away from North London.

However, a report in Germany suggests that Spurs may be too late. SWR is claiming that Pavard has agreed on a pre-contract arrangement with Bayern Munich over a move to the German giants next summer.

They suggest he will join Bayern for €35 million (£31.3m) next summer.

New kits mixed reaction

Tottenham have unveiled their new kits for the upcoming season. The new strips have received a mixed reaction online, with the away kit being poorly received.

The home strip features a fading blue pattern from the bottom, which makes it appear Tottenham’s players have rather long shorts on.

Both kits have been lampooned and praised in equal measure on Twitter.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely



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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.


Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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