The Telegraph are reporting today that Real Madrid are ready to bid for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, but will wait until Manchester United have signed a massive deal to get Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.
Real Madrid had some interest in signing Pogba, but it looks like they will miss out and turn to the Newcastle midfielder, who had great games in both the semi-final and final of the Euro 2016 tournament in France, which the host country lost to Portugal 1-0.
Real think they will be able to sign Moussa for around £30M, but they may not find that Newcastle are willing accept below their £35M valuation of the Frenchman.
Nevertheless, it’s a huge saving for Madrid on 23 year-old Pogba, especially when you consider that Sissoko outshone Pogba at the Euros.
That’s even though he has been inconsistent at Newcastle since he signed on in January of 2013 for around £1.5M from Toulouse.
Sissoko has also said he wants to stay in England and the Premier League, although he may consider moving to Real Madrid, who may even become his dream team from childhood.
Currently Arsenal are on the record as being his dream club when growing up.
Mike Ashley is also likely to play hardball with Real Madrid as he did with Liverpool – and demand the fee up front and in cool cash, before he will allow Sissoko to finally leave the Magpies.
The report suggests that once Pogba is signed by Manchester United from Juventus, then Real Madrid will make their move for Sissoko, presumably with an initial £30M bid.
Preliminary talks have already taken place between Newcastle and the Madrid club.
Rafa Benitez has also made it clear to Sissoko and his representative that the deal will be concluded only on Newcastle’s terms and that Sissoko will not move this summer unless Newcastle get their full asking price of £35M.
There are also other big clubs interested in signing the 26 year-old Frenchman including Liverpool, Juventus, Everton and Borussia Dortmund.
Rafa Benitez has privately told the Telegraph that interest for Moussa from his former Spanish club is genuine and that Newcastle expect a bid from the European Champions soon.
Moussa Sissoko has played 133 times for Newcastle with 12 goals and 19 assists and has constantly said he wants to leave Newcastle for a bigger club.
He will probably soon get his wish.