Last summer, Tottenham equalled their transfer record to sign Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United for £30 million.
But you hardly need reminding of that. Spurs fans are constantly forced to recall the fact their club spent a huge percentage of last season’s transfer funds on a flop.
Sissoko is expected to leave Tottenham this summer, and it will be difficult to recoup anything close to £30 million.
To add insult to injury, The New York Times has revealed Spurs could have signed the Frenchman for half the price had Real Madrid not interfered.
In an insightful report investigating how a player’s worth is calculated, the American newspaper disclosed this interesting detail on Sissoko and his then teammate Georginio Wijnaldum:
“Privately, the club [Newcastle] believed that 15 million pounds would be a healthy price for each player. When Real Madrid inquired about Sissoko and suggested, without prompting, that it would be prepared to pay twice that, Newcastle duly increased its valuation.”
That “special partnership” with Madrid is really paying off then, hey?