The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will replace Moussa Sissoko this summer following another underwhelming campaign from the Frenchman, and recent reports suggest a talented replacement is available at a reasonable price.
Moussa Sissoko has made 53 appearances at international level, but on the evidence of his form in the Premier Leauge it’s difficult to understand why. The 28-year-old midfielder had his doubters after he completed a £31.5 million switch from Newcastle to Tottenham in 2016, and it’s fair to say those sceptics certainly had genuine cause for concern.
Displays which justify a £31.5 million price tag have been rare, if even remotely existent during his two year stint with the club. Although he regularly finds himself in promising situations, Sissoko’s decision making and execution have been equally abysmal, yet Mauricio Pochettino has continued to place his faith in him.
However, the time has come for Pochettino to be ruthless and replace him with a talent whom possesses huge potential in the game, namely Aleksandr Golovin of CSKA Moscow. The 22-year-old playmaker starred in Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia last week in the opening match of the tournament with a goal and 2 assists, but it’s his form at club level which is most impressive.
Whilst playing in central midfield or attacking midfield, Golovin notched 7 goals and provided 6 assists from 43 appearances in all-competitions last season, and his performances have attracted interest from Juventus according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Sky Sports journalist’s report claims that CSKA have rejected an offer from Juventus worth £15 million plus bonuses, although the Russian giants are holding out for £22 million.
Considering his form in Russia and the fact he is only 22-years-old, £22 million represents excellent value for money in the current economic climate. Indeed, it’s a price which will certainly appeal to the ever-pragmatic Daniel Levy this summer, and if reports from Di Marzio prove to be true then Tottenham should match the asking price set by CSKA.
If Tottenham wish to challenge for honours next season they will need to strengthen the depth of their squad, starting with the replacement of Sissoko. Golovin looks a perfect candidate to slot into Tottenham’s midfield in a variety of positions, so Levy should finance a deal for the World Cup star this summer before Juventus win the race for his signature.
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