Real Madrid And Other Top Clubs Now After Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been linked recently with a move to Italian giants Juventus as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who is almost certain to join Manchester United.

In fact the Red Devils had him as an alternative if they couldn’t get Paul Pogba to Manchester.

And there was news yesterday that Everton would be willing to pay the £35M transfer fee and take him to Goodison Park, but alas Everton are not a Champions League club and therefore do not meet the French midfielder’s requirements.


Moussa Sissoko in action for Newcastle last season

And news today that even European Champions Real Madrid are interested in  signing the 26 year-old, who was outstanding for France in the Euros and was the star man in both the semi-final and the final and outshone Paul Pogba, who is going for £100M to Manchester United.

Given that, it could even be that Moussa is cheap at the price at a meager £35M, with other top clubs such as Borussia Dortmund are interested.

Maybe Newcastle should raise the price – we also understand Moussa thinks it should be a lot higher than £35M.


With Real Madrid’s interest, there is a decent possibility we could get a player or two in part exchange and some cash for Moussa; that would interest Rafa for sure.

Moussa returns to Newcastle on Monday, August 1st, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that a deal to move him on could be completed before them.

Certainly Rafa Benitez has said today he would like the transfer business at Newcastle over as soon as possible, so he has a settled squad.

And we are now convinced that Newcastle will be able to get £35M or equivalent for the 6ft 2ins powerful midfielder.

Most Newcastle fans will be glad to see the back of him, since he has done nothing for us in the Premier League the last two seasons.

I now fully understand what “laughing all the way to the bank” actually means.


Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry Outside missed your Q
    Mr Tuff guessed on a 2/1 chance and got it wrong (the silly old bullsh!tter)

  • swemag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    If we 35. Take it and run. Like Sissoko.

  • outside the box

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    i take it then nobody has seen grant hanley play enough to know whether he is right or left footed ….will have to wait to see friendly footage …or any scottish fans out there ??

  • swemag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    If we get. Correction.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5

    With all these reported clubs sniffing around him, I think getting £30m+ is more likely than not.

    With Gini’s £25m (no reputable source for the sell on clause), a kitty of £25m to sign 2 or 3 more players from that, the rest held back, we’re looking in good shape.

  • outside the box

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    jib at 1…hope so
    imho it makes for a much better organised defence if you have a defender comfortable playing on left …instead of so called right footers that claim they can play on left….accept there are quite a few notable exceptions..

  • Wayayman

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    According to BBurn fans he’s right footed. The confusion came as the EA sports people mistakenly have him down as left footed. Look down the comment on tha EA sport Fifa16 stats page someone linked to earlier.
    Looking at that tackle on Scholes on YouTube I can say with confidence that he’s definitely right handed…

  • Mag52

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8

    For me Hanley’s a good acquisition.
    The sort of player who’ll add a bit of no nonsense to our defence.
    Dream on Mr.Tuff. Your wind ups are not only very boring, but are lost on anyone taking part in a football blog.
    Mud slinging might be more your kind of sport.

  • Spoof

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    REAL MADRID, ffs, if there in the mix then we have got to be asking for £50m, and with Real being Real, if they want there man then they will pay it !

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m wondering if rafa may switch to 352 at some point during matches starting 442. If he drops Hanley back into the defence with any of our 3 centre backs he can push aarons or perez wide left. Gamez wide right. With richie then shelvey and colback/tiote central with gayle or Armstrong alongside mitro when not suspended.

    I still think we are short 5 players. Lb still!!!! Anita can cover Rb so not worried the Janmaat will be away although I’d happily keep him. Sissoko and Wijnaldum need replacing with similar players. Plus I want someone else to be creative in midfield for when shelvey gets lazy. Finally a top striker so all our strikers are on their toes for the starting place (s).

    I don’t want to see 3 places missing like every season under Ashley. Make this season start with a complete squad and go for promotion and a cup….Yes I said it.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Spoof I reckon we could squeeze 35 million plus a player out of them. Maybe even a couple on loan. Rafa will know them well. The best sale option. However if man utd wanted him I’d ask the same with Ashley young permenant from them. Mourinho likes grafters.

  • cyprus

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Still Ed, while laughing, you should wonder why so much interest in such a terrible player who thinks he’s good but we all know he really isn’t 😉

  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    BREAKING NEWS: Sky sources: Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa wants to leave the club.

    Ulloa anyone? Proven in the Championship

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Spoof/otb – the link you provided re Hanley has a comments section where one of the contributors suggested the site had got info wrong re Hanley being left footed.
    Definitely right footed.

    Jib Jibberish – nice try but failed again – the story of your life.
    I will afford you some credit in that you are a cocky fellow who keeps coming back with great persistence after all your gaffes. Although probably just brass necked.

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    30 years old next Tuesday
    goals ratio between 1/3 or 1/4
    No ta

  • carl

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #16


    Thanks for your response. I think others share my view as well. I don’t have a problem with a pragmatic approach to restoring our Premier status. It’s just that it would have been easier to achieve without selling our better players. I am sure there will be further additions of quality to the squad.

    Two points, the assumption that we wouldn’t get the job done with the talented players and that the players in question are not the best fit. Rather acedemic now I know.

    Benitez is quite capable of managing quality talented players and dissenting fan opinion is largely based on what went before his arrival. Whilst the priority is promotion good managers need forward thinking as to the current and future composition of their squad . KK did just that and was richly rewarded when we did find the promised land.
    It’s helpful not to have much turmoil within the club and to allow a team to flourish over a period of time. Certainly a player like Hayden is someone who looks destined for star billing in the Premier League. So there is a here and now along with future needs. The players we have bought are largely to get us promotion as you say. Ritchie was outstanding last season. Gayle though Palace’s top scorer suffered through being played as a target man.

    So overall I have no major concerns aside from a lack of midfield creativity, a left back and the need for goals lost from midfield which doubtless will be addressed. I like the look of Patrick Bamford On loan. A striker who’s left footed and has done well on loan everywhere except at Palace where he was frequently isolated up front.

    My economic point was that to buy the sort of quality were likely letting go will cost a lot more in 2017-18. All signings are a risk but were likely selling Premier experience. Benitez has a track record of managing, coping with difficult types and he’s managed the situation impressively.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Some director of football is gonna be seriously pissed off next season if he pays 35 mil for Sissoko! I can’t see ZZ falling for it at Madrid! he will be more aware of Sissoko’s limitations I’m sure!
    Arsene Wenger has seen enough to stay away! I would love the bin dippers get him and Gini; they are like our benefactor hahahaha!

  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Let’s hope that Rafa, Penfold and Ashleysee the £35m as a starting point for interested clubs. If Sissoko’s new club get season of 100%commitment from him, it’ll be money well spent.

  • posada

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Would you all stop putting Siss down until we have the money in the bank for him.
    Somebody important at Liverpool or Real might actually read this crap.
    He’s great he’s wonderful. Worth 50M. How will we ever replace him.

  • emphraser

    Jul 22, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa and Deschamps figured out the way to get the best out of him is make him feel special. Sissoko goes to the right place with the right manager I certainly think he can thrive. If I’m honest I think Ranieri could get the best out him as Kante’s replacement, but if I had to choose one I think Everton would be ideal.

    In end I think he’ll make the wrong choice and have prolonged stretches on the bench somewhere. Funny he gives himself a 10 out of 10 rating for the Euros even though he likely wouldn’t have seen the field aside from garbage time had Kante not been suspended. You’d think spending half the tournament on the bench might at least limit his self-assessment to a 9.

    He really does seem a man-child – or just truly daft.


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