Report – Newcastle Star Now Linked With Real Madrid

Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting tonight that Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who looked even world-class in a couple of games for France in the Euros just completed –  is now a target for Real Madrid – maybe the greatest club in world football.

So that dream team and that beautiful club Arsenal could potentially quickly be replaced by Moussa talking about how Real Madrid were always his favorite team when he was growing up in the suburbs of Paris.

With Moussa anything seems to be possible these days.

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Moussa Sissoko in action for France in Euros 2106

Real Madrid were interested in signing Paul Pogba for around £100M from Juventus and it seems if they cannot get Paul Pogba to Madrid they may go after the 26 year-old Newcastle midfielder as an alternative.

That’s similar to what that other massive club – Manchester United – are thinking of as a potential strategy if they cannot get Pogba.

Moussa outshone Paul Pogba in France over the last few weeks.

The news in Sport is that the Real manager Zinedine Zidane has recommended Sissoko as an alternative to Pogba to the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, who decides which players come into the famous Madrid club.

But Sissoko is also being linked with other big clubs too – and they include West Ham United of the Premier League and even Juventus, that beautiful club that plays in black and white stripes in Turin.


Rafa Benitez said yesterday there is no price on the head of Moussa simply because the Tyneside club does not want to sell him.

But if  Sissoko is sold then we can be sure that Newcastle will want a massive deal for the midfielder, who has hardly looked keen to stay at Newcastle over the last three years and is certainly not a fan favorite.

Maybe it’s best to sell the 26 year-old,  who has a high opinion of his capabilities and was said to be surprised the transfer put on his head yesterday by Newcastle was only £35M.

Newcastle will only sell the French International at a massive price and Rafa will then have the time and the money to replace him this summer with somebody more committed to the great Newcastle United.

It’s being reported in the local press that Rafa is keen to show who’s in charge of which players will be leaving the club this summer.

And it’s not those players who want out or their agents – and they include both Moussa Sissoko and Dutch International Gini Wijnaldum.

Comments welcome.

93 comments so far


    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #1

    at least if he goes there it will be for good money….wonder if they have any good fringe players as part of the deal?

  • scout

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone interested Gayle is 8/1 to be top scorer with the bookies Ray Winstone advertises.
    The wheel barra is currently being loaded ready to unload.

  • lesh

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #3


    Jib’s in Spain and suddenly Sissoko’s reportedly on Real’s radar.


  • jimmysmith

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Ofcourse he doesn’t want to sell Sissoko. What’s the good of even 35 million, if all you can do with it is buy a bunch of lesser players who won’t be good enough to contribute should you reach your ultimate goal. But that’s relegation for you.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Januzai from utd his replacement?

  • scout

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I want Sissoko to leave. 100% the man wears a sleeping bag as a vest, hes that lazy.

  • tonetastic

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    I think the French blue strip would make great NUFC away strip!

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Even keeping Sissoko and getting back, then selling him, would be preferable to selling now. At least then we’d be in the position to reinvest in a better quality replacement. If he does go, I’d even rather we stuck it in the bank rather than buy another hybrid epl/championship player, considering we have quite a few attacking mids as it is, although we’d then need a winger I guess, in which case you might as well have given Obertan a single years extension.

  • manxpie

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #9

    jimmy 35 mill could buy us 10 players of sisko’s quality
    his only quality is he can powerfully run with the ball aslong as theres no one in front of him
    35 million again will be the deal of the century

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Jimmy; he would have wanted to be away even if we managed to stay up. In fact his agent has already admitted he wanted to be away at the beginning of last season. Hence the zero commitment throughout the season. The sooner he is away the better.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #11

    I wish Madrid take him. He’ll soon be found out there and we would have already made a fortune out of him. They tend to spend big on players.

    I would rather we sold Sissoko for big money and kept Gini Wijnaldum. At least Gini scores goals and is technically superior.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Manx, more accurately 35 million buys one player of Sissoko’s quality, unless you jag one on the way up. Ibe for 15 and stick the twenty in the bank to reinvest once back, I could live with.

  • manxpie

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    118 games 11 goals
    35 mill haha
    even 20 mill is unbelievable really
    surely gini should be worth 70-80 mill then as he scored that many in 1 season

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #14

    He wanted away after enduring the fiasco’s of McC, Carver and to some degree Pardew under Ashley’s misguided blueprint for failure.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s how he performs when given the chance to succeed that counts.

  • manxpie

    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #16

    hows that jimmy?
    35 mill could buy at least 3 far more productive players than sisko
    for instance townsend created and scored more than sisko has ever done in a season in half the games
    and he’s just gone for 13 mill
    redmond who i would have liked has just gone for 11 mill
    you obviously rate him but i can’t see how ya can back him up
    35 mill is a no brainer full stop

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Can we swap Sissoko for Benteke?

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #18

    like when jimmy?
    here’s his career stats

    351 games 36 goals!!!!
    that shola and obertan material lol

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #19

    You can’t get a player of Townsends quality in the Championship.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Like now.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #21

    at least janmaat looks like he’s having fun in the recent pics great pic

    plus nice new away kit the wonga isn’t so visable

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ve seen many world class players play for Newcastle in poor teams over the years and one thing stood out above their obvious abilities. Their desire to succeed. They would always give their all for the cause.
    Sissoko does not have that inner desire. He is a poser, an imposter. He will be delighted to sit on the bench play 2 minutes a week, count his money and polish his ill gotten trinkets as well as his pathetic ego.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Sell the deluded arrogant bastard. 25 mill is plenty. Just get him out. Im in dublin tomorrow so might nip over to carton house on way back home. See if any of our boys are around. Does that make me a saddo? 🙂

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #24

    I see Sissoko as a player with real attributes and also some flaws, but essentially very good, and see his value only as relative to the market. He was France’s best player in the the semi and final of the Euro’s and that is among the highest level of the game and is now quite rightly interesting the world’s leading clubs as a result. The criticism is better aimed at the club, which was never capable, until now, of using him to it’s greatest advantage. He understandably doesn’t fancy the Championship, and probably doesn’t hold the club in the greatest regard either, considering the farcical way it’s been run, for most of the past three years.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Great players like Shearer, Beardsley, Gazza who were gifted and also always put in are a rarity, and a rather unreasonable and unrealistic yardstick. Sissoko isn’t of the same calibre, but that doesn’t make him a dud.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Moanster – no not a saddo but a stalker.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #27

    he wasn’t that great at the euros tho
    wat did he actually do?
    did a few runs with the ball and a couple of nice shots
    that’s it nothing else

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #28

    new kits are released on the nufc site btw
    i like them

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #29

    He ran his socks off, shut down players, won the ball, kept possession, made himself constantly available, and played to instruction, as well as the more eye catching stuff. Played splendidly.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #30

    ran his socks off!! exactly the rest not so much
    can you say the same about his nufc career
    or is the club to blame for that too
    he’s an extremely inconsistant player which is why anything above 20 mill is brilliant business
    i’d rather have that money to buy players that want to be here and consistantly perform than his soppy mush thats dreaming of champions league

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #31

    He’s not dreaming of it, he’s actively pursuing it. Something the club patently hasn’t done in over a decade.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Did Sissoko make the decision not to buy a decent player for two seasons, or to put Carver in place for the final quarter of that period, and then to appoint McC? He is not above criticism, far from it, but the level of it, and the manner of it, strikes me as quite reactionary and unjustifiable.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #33

    haha really? it seems ya more of a sisko fan than an nufc one
    its the players on the pitch which dictate the future of the club and he hasn’t performed for us as others haven’t
    but thats why we should bite anyones hand of that offers 20+ mill
    how can’t you see that?

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m a Newcastle fan, who thinks the club hasn’t done enough to succeed on the pitch over the last ten years, and so has let down it’s better players, not the other way round. I don’t “seem” to be anything else. It’s essentially been the jist of the great majority of my posts for years.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #35

    i’m not absolving ashley from anything but we are talking about people who are payed millions to perform for 90 mins
    now i’ve seen players such as barton and nolan put proper shifts in every game and perform to their highest FOR the club and they aren’t in shearers or beardsley’s class
    but they certainly made up for it with performances and passion
    and consistantly

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #36

    Both favourites of mine, but not at the same level as Sissoko who has over 40 caps for France and is approaching his prime. Sissoko doesn’t have the same bottle, although he has other attributes neither came near possessing, but the point I make is simply the club hasn’t done enough for him, and didn’t do enough for Barton and Nolan either.

    Hey, I’ve gotta go, but I’ve enjoyed this chance to at least tease out my point of view.

  • manxpie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #37

    40 caps 1 goal!!!
    nolan should’ve been capped without doubt but the england set up is so shite he didn’t get one and that same set up continues unfortunately which is criminal
    nite jimmy but i still disagree lol

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #38

    haha, no worries, goodnight.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 14, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #39

    Jimmy; Laurent Robert put in more effort than Sissoko and was more effective.

  • Pizzicato The New Texas Geordie

    Jul 14, 2016 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #40

    Sissoko is certainly underperforming purposely. It’s not about what we do for him. It’s the opposite.


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