Newcastle Expecting Mammoth Bid For Moussa Sissoko

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.

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Moussa Sissoko

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.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 28, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #1


    I think I must be going senile!

    I just realised on looking back at the posts that you had made similar comments to me on the match before my first one.

    My apologies, I can’t see how I missed it.


    Jul 28, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #2

    A swap for isco, or 15 mil + jese

  • davis_toons

    Jul 28, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe the deal could not pull through and Sissoko have to stay.

  • Big Archie

    Jul 28, 2016 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #4


    Ever since Ashley took over we have been operating on a cash up front basis. It was clearly stated by Liambas when Carroll went.

    Plus – Ashley has stated many times that he has nothing to do with the running of the club, so any decision will be made by Charnley with the OK of Benitez.

  • AmericanMagpie

    Jul 28, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Does he have a sell-on clause?

  • Very Terry

    Jul 28, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #6

    You write that Rafa has made it clear to Sissoko and his representatives that the move won’t happen unless the asking price of 35 million is paid.
    The only reference I can remember from Rafa re Sissoko’s price is that no price has been set. I’d go as far as to say he explicitly denied the 35 mil price tag.
    Is this new information you have?
    Not that I don’t want it to happen…

    BTW, one hundred and twelve million pounds for 1 football player, Pogba; what a complete joke. I hope they do pay it and he’s an abject failure. I’ve a friend who’s a Man U supporter, always accusing other clubs of buying their way to success so maybe the PogbaI deal, if it goes through, will shut him up but somehow I doubt it.

  • swemag

    Jul 28, 2016 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Pogba is a good footballer. But that is just it, he is good. He is not Messi or Ronaldo, not even Neymar, Suarez or Zlatan class. This price is seriously over the top.

  • expatmag

    Jul 28, 2016 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Makes the continual comments from Rafa about us not neding to sell when all we are doing at present is CONTINUALLY selling .

  • expatmag

    Jul 28, 2016 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #9


    Your comment on the Pogba price is spot on. An absolute disgrace .

    I have never rated the so called special one. Whereever he has been, he has spent trillions to win cups and his latest appointment is only further evidence if his inability to bring players through from academies. Already, good young players at Man Utd are being sold off to make way for expensive signings.

    Mourinho is a charlatan. A fake

  • G

    Jul 28, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Whilst I think Pogba is a good player, his transfer may be the death if football. No player is worth a 9 figure sum. Prices for players are already obscene, the fee for Pogba is outrageous. If the deal goes through, every club will use it as a precident. Clubs, players agents, managers, chairmen, owners and fans need to fight this greed.

  • stephen1971

    Jul 28, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #11

    your right, the prices are going through the roof, its nuts, just seen man city going to bid 50 mil for stones, what a joke

  • hibbitt

    Jul 28, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #12

    so who is driving the prices up
    the buyers or the sellers ????

  • G

    Jul 28, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #13

    I remember being shocked when players started going for 1million, in excess of 100 million is more than some entire nations national deficit.

  • G

    Jul 28, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #14

    @12, parasitic agents, in the same way estate agents did with house prices in the 80s.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Eight league titles in four different countries, the treble in two of them, Portuguese manager of the century, a trophy every year for nine years, every managerial honour bestowed on him.

  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #17

    eeeeee my god, Curtis Good the hip man. Well at the very least he could make the half time cuppa.

    Before injury this lad looked a good prospect.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #18

    I haven’t seen any reports on how well/badly Nitro has been playing. Any comments?

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #19

    We can but hope.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #20


    Quite simply you’re talking out of your ass. Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world, and quite possibly one of the best managers to ever grace the game.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #21

    In response to Jimmy a while back.

    I think we 100% need to be weighing up our options with Tiote leaving. Last season showed the huge difference between having a fit and focused dm over not having one. We looked far better a team with one.

    Maybe Saivet or Haydn can fill that role but we have to be sure. We can’t afford to ship goals in the championship because we know teams will then park the bus and breaking teams down has never been our strong point.

    A dm protects your back four. We can’t just rely on a back 4 to look after itself. Especially when we are expecting our full backs to get forward in attack.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #22

    The club are managing the rebuilding of the team very smoothly and without the hysterics of previous seasons.
    Much seems to happen under the radar without too much angst.
    The offloading of so many players including a core of the likes of Townsend , Gini and Sissoko would normally attract much negativity but the professional approach of Rafa and the confidence shown in the new signings has all the hallmarks of a well thought out strategy. Looking forward to the Real Newcastle and the season ahead.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #23


    Check out instagram mate. Very interesting picture I’ve put on lol

  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #24


    PMSL: Sounds like him.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 28, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Wouldn’t put it past the little coksnot tbh

  • Slank

    Jul 28, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #26


    Apart from the three players you mentioned (Townsend, Gini and Sissoko) of the others that have since departed many had hardly, if at all, played in the first team last season. Of the others they nearly all had lengthy spells on the treatment table.

    In my opinion we have so far only lost 3 players (inc Sissoko) who would possibly have been starters under Rafa had they stayed. Some of the others that have left would probably have only been bench warmers.

    It remains to be seen whether the new recruits can fill the void. I hope so. My betting is that Hayden will be the surprise package and Gayle the biggest disappointment.


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