Should The Toon sell Papiss Cisse this summer to bring in Pierre Emierick Aubameyang?
Newcastle United will have new sponsors next season; the controversial money lending company Wonga.
When the October announcement was made immediate concerns were raised that some of the clubs Muslim players would feel as if their beliefs were being compromised by endorsing the company.
The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are currently practicing Muslims still with the club and one of those players has made his feelings on the matter quite clear.
Papiss Cisse has been backed by the PFA in his belief that wearing the shirt may not be conducive to his beliefs as a practicing Muslim.
It is believed the Senegalese striker will seek some form of concession on the sponsorship; in a similar fashion to former Tottenham striker Fredi Kanoute’s at Sevilla when they were sponsored by gambling company 888.com.
The issue has caused much debate with many arguing both for and against Cisse on the matter but on a purely footballing basis I believe Newcastle might have found the perfect excuse to cash in on the 28-year-old striker.
Recent reports have suggested that teams in Russia are willing to make massive offers for the striker and considering what Newcastle could buy in his place his sale just makes sense.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was in the goals again today; bagging a hat-trick for Gabon in a 4-1 African nations qualifying win over Niger in Libreville.
He is widely expected to leave St Etienne this summer with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco, Anzhi, Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen all being strongly linked with his signature; and the fact nobody other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo contributed to more goals and goalscoring opportunities in Europe last season it is easy to understand why.
With the money they could receive from the sale of Cisse they could easily afford the asking price of the Gabonese former AC Milan forward and in doing so would be getting an upgrade on Cisse.
Sure Cisse started incredibly at St James Park but last season was not as enthralling and in Aubameyang they would be getting just as affective a striker but one five years the junior.
Selling Cisse may seem a little rash but in no way should this decision be made due to his beliefs; but rather on a footballing and business basis. If they can get the £15 million being quoted in Russian for the striker it is simply a no-brainer for a 28-year-old if they can bring in Aubameyang on the flip-side.
If Newcastle can get Aubameyang should they sell Cisse?
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