Tottenham have announced the signing of Moussa Sissoko in a £30 million deal from Newcastle.
Everton have been left wondering what on earth went wrong after having a £30m bid for the midfielder accepted, only for Tottenham to hijack the move by matching the price.
Sky Sports claim that Sissoko refused to answer his phone when Ronald Koeman attempted to contact him and didn’t turn up when Everton arranged for a private jet to take him to Liverpool.
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He only ever had eyes for Tottenham, didn’t he?
Well, it turns out he didn’t. In the aftermath to completing his move to White Hart Lane, Arsenal fans have uncovered some rather interesting quotes from June of this year in which Sissoko made it blatantly clear that he wanted to sign for Arsenal.
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"The Beautiful Arsenal"
The France international didn’t mince his words. He called the Gunners “the club of my heart” and referred to them as “beautiful”.
Now, he’s playing for their fiercest rivals. It’s a funny game, football.
“It is very flattering,” Sissoko told Foot Mercato, per Sky Sports, when asked about Arsenal’s reported interest. “Arsenal is one of the best European teams. To be watched by that sort of club, that proves that you are a quality player.
“Everyone knows, I often said it when I was young, Arsenal is the club of my heart, because there were quite a few French players there like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol…
“The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. I cannot tell you if I am going to go to Arsenal.
"For the moment, I am focused on the French national team and the Euros."
Champions League chance
By the time June rolled around, Arsene Wenger’s interest in signing Sissoko had probably expired. He signed Granit Xhaka the month before, the Swiss arriving with an incredibly high ceiling, and Arsenal’s squad needed bolstering in other areas.
Yet you can’t blame the 27-year-old for joining Tottenham, or for shunning Everton when Spurs came calling. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have greater aspirations than Everton and Sissoko will get the chance to play in the Champions League.
There was even talk of Sissoko signing for Real Madrid after they missed out on Paul Pogba. Perhaps he needed to confess his love for Los Blancos first.