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.
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.