By Harvey Byrne
Juventus and Inter Milan are eyeing Tottenham attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to a report.
Italian football website Calciomercato has claimed that the Serie A giants are “monitoring the situation” of the 27-year-old with Everton, Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla also interested.
The France international was omitted from Spurs’ match squad for the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at the weekend and also received harsh words from manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine boss revealed that he had left Sissoko out of the 18-man squad as the summer signing was not meeting the standards of the side.
“Football is not about money. It is about you being better, and that you show on the training ground that you are better than another teammate and that you deserve to be involved or not,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Mirror.
“You sign a player and then you expect something, and you don’t find what you expected. Of course [Sissoko needs to learn.] He needs to work hard and to show in future that he deserves to be on the team.
“If another deserved to be involved, like maybe Josh Onomah or maybe Janssen. Why, because we pay money, do they deserve to play?”
Pochettino’s words have alerted Inter and Juventus, who were linked with the then Newcastle attacker in the summer.
However, it is stated that clubs aren’t willing to meet Sissoko’s £25.5million price tag.
It is reported that a loan deal is more likely and if the attacker does become available then the Italian pair will “definitely” come calling for the former Toulouse star.
Sissoko made a mega £30million move to White Hart Lane in the summer, signing a five-year deal.
In his first 10 appearances for the team he has not scored a goal, or provided an assist and even received a three-match ban after elbowing Harry Arter during a clash against Bournemouth.
He has so far failed to live up to his massive fee for Spurs and they may now be looking to cash in on him early before his value plummets further.
Football Insider verdict:
In an ideal world for Tottenham they will find a buyer for Sissoko and will then be able to sign a replacement such as Isco in the future. However, they will struggle to recoup the massive fee they spent on him in the summer, especially in Europe and may need to hope for interest from a side in China. It was a strange transfer for the north London side to begin with, without including the fee, and it’s looking like they are now facing the repercussions of their poor business. Were he to go on loan to another club he may suit the slower pace of the European leagues better, but there is also a chance that they will deem him not good enough, too.
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