There are reports coming out of Spain today that say Real Madrid will offer two of their younger players in part exchange for Moussa Sissoko, who is now said to be keen to join the Spanish giants.
It looks like his dream team – Arsenal – are not interested in him after all.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle pick up the bait or simply stick to their guns and ask for cash up front for the wantaway Newcastle midfielder, much like we did with Liverpool when we let Gini Wijnaldum leave the club last month for cool cash paid up front.
Amd most fans will be happy to see the back of inconsistent Sissoko – if truth be told.
21 year-old Madrid-born play-maker Marcos Llorente
Rafa will know the two players being offered from his time as manager at Madrid last season.
One player is 21 year-old Madrid-born Marcos Llorente, who plays in central midfield and the other is 23 year-old Mariano Diaz, who was born in Barcelona and is a striker.
Llorente has played only three times for the full Real Madrid side and he has played 4 times for the Spanish U-19 side; he’s a play-maker and said to be extremely creative.
Marcos has played 62 times for Real Madrid Castilla – the Madrid reserve team – with 3 goals and 4 assists.
23 year-old striker Mariano Diaz
Mariano Diaz is a 23-year-old striker who has played 43 times for Real Madrid Castilla with 32 goals and one assist – so it seems he can put the ball into the back of the net.
He is of Hispano-Dominican descent and has played once for the Dominican Republic with one goal.
Mariano may even a useful addition to the Newcastle squad, since we need another striker brought in.
Offering players in part-exchange like this is simply a way for Real Madrid to bring the price on Sissoko down, because they will put exorbitant prices on the heads of these two players.
Yes – just like Newcastle have done with Moussa Sissoko.
Seriously, this is a great opportunity for Newcastle to get the full £35M for Moussa Sissoko – and replace him with £4.5M Mo Diame from Hull City, who is similar kind of player to Sissoko.
Newcastle should strike another Andy Carroll like deal for the Frenchman – and if no club comes in with the right offer, then Moussa stays on Tyneside and will have to enjoy a season down below like the rest of us.
After all, Newcastle are not in dire need of the cash and we can afford to wait for the bids coming in, since big clubs other than Real Madrid are interested in the French International.
It’s really as simple as that.
Any player who outshone £110M Paul Pogba for France in Euro 2016 is worth at least £35M in cool cash – that’s Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko.
What do you think?