While this transfer window was dominated by the sensational returns to their former clubs from Paul Pogba and David Luiz, the most intriguing story probably involved Moussa Sissoko.
The Frenchman was part of the Newcastle squad that got relegated from the Premier League last season and he constantly reiterated his desire to leave the club throughout the summer.
However, with just hours remaining of the transfer window, Sissoko still hadn’t found himself a new club.
Then, Sky Sports reported that Everton had made a £30 million bid for the 27-year-old and it seemed a deal was close to being completed. Reports suggested that the Toffees had arranged a private jet to fly him to Liverpool and had sorted out a room for him to undergo his medical.
However, it was claimed that Sissoko stopped answering calls from Ronald Koeman and made a sensational switch to Spurs at the eleventh hour.
Everton backed out the deal
Everton owner Farad Moshiri attempted to play down the reports that they had dramatically missed out on Sissoko by claiming they decided to withdraw their interest in him.
"[Moussa] Sissoko is a great player. But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family," a statement from Moshiri read.
"And we don't turn our backs on our own. Keeping James McCarthy was a priority and ultimately we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardize his place at Everton.
"We wish Sissoko the best."
But now, Sissoko has revealed the ‘truth’ and it certainly differs from the reports. He claims that he had never intended on joining Everton and was always set to become a Spurs player.
“It’s funny,” he told L’Equipe.
“I was watching TV, and I saw that a deal had been done with Everton and that I had signed for them.
“But I was in London, waiting to sign my contract (with Spurs).
“The main thing is that I signed for the club I wanted to join. Of course I would have liked it to have happened earlier, but now it’s done.”
Hmmmm, we’re not sure we believe you, Moussa.
Oh, and another thing, you haven’t really signed for the club you ‘wanted to join’ have you?
Sissoko loves Arsenal
In June, the midfielder declared his love for Arsenal and seemingly issued a ‘come-and-get-me-plea’ to Arsene Wenger.
"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.”
And now he’s joined joined Arsenal’s arch-rivals in a controversial deadline day move. He definitely doesn’t do himself any favours, does he?
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