Sources in Italy understand that Tottenham’s ‘Operation Deadwood’ has got off to somewhat of a false start, and one door appears to have certainly slammed shut on Moussa Sissoko’s chances of exiting Hotspur Way this summer.
Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, relayed here by Area Napoli, believes that not only were Tottenham’s requests for the transfer to be excessive, but the claims of the player himself as regards his prospective salary were also off-beam.
What is infuriating with this particular nonsense, is that it was only said to be a loan deal, which one might have thought to be easier to construct than a permanent sale. Perhaps we are only hearing one side of the story, or more likely, were simply hearing what we’ve heard so frequently in the past from Tottenham in respect of player negotiations.
Sissoko is 31 now, and come the close of this transfer window, the Frenchman will be 32. Now is not the time to dilly-dally, now is the time to shunt the old boy on.