There’s a report in Spanish publication AS today that Real Madrid have finally given up on trying to get Paul Pogba to the club and it looks he will finally sign on at Manchester United for around £100M.
The Spanish powerhouse have now switched their attention to Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko – who is now back in Newcastle after his summer break.
Real Madrid value Sissoko at around €30M (£26.8M), but any attempts to bring down the price by offering a couple of young players in part exchange will fall on deaf ears at Newcastle, who seem to want cash up front for the French International.
Moussa Sissoko – multiple bids – rejected
It will help Newcastle that Juventus want him to replace the departing Paul Pogba, with Borussia Dortmund and Everton the other two clubs in contention.
There were reports yesterday that Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew want him, but Moussa has pushed for a move away from Newcastle to a Champions League club – so there’s little chance he will move to Palace.
Those four big clubs in contention will help push the price up, with the reports being that Newcastle want £35M in cash for the Frenchman, who was a star man at the Euro 2016 Championships, which has helped to push up his value significantly in the transfer market.
AS is reporting Newcastle have already had multiple offers which Newcastle have knocked back, because they don’t meet Newcastle’s valuation of the player.
Real Madrid are also reported to be asking Moussa to put in a transfer request at Newcastle to quicken up his exit.
With two new players coming into Newcastle today, the club is in no particular rush to sell Moussa Sissoko and can play hardball – as usual.
The Magpies are selling a player who is in great demand by some top clubs after his outstanding performances for France this summer and will want to maximize the money they get for him in this window of opportunity this summer.
Most Newcastle fans will not shed a tear when he leaves.