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Report – Real Madrid To Pass On Moussa Sissoko

4:11 pm, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

There was a report in AS in Spain this morning that Real Madrid would be turning their attention to Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko as one target.

The Spanish club have finally given up on trying to get Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to Madrid – as the 23 year-old now seems certain to join Manchester United imminently.

But in the publication Marca, which reports mainly on Real Madrid, they have a report today saying that despite many reports to the contrary –  the Spanish powerhouse are not interested in the player.


Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle’s powerful midfielder

This is the report in Marca today:

“There has been little transfer activity at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu so far this summer, but Real Madrid will not be joining the race to sign powerful midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United despite reports.”

“A number of British media outlets had linked Los Blancos with the 26-year-old in recent weeks, following his impressive displays at the European Championship and Real’s seemingly doomed bid for Manchester United-bound Paul Pogba.”

“It was suggested that the player’s pace and strength would be a suitable alternative to his international teammate, but it appears any connection is false.”

While Newcastle, now under the stewardship of former Real boss Rafa Benitez, were relegated to the Championship last season, they have valued Sissoko at 42M, but no bids have yet been made with less than a month of the transfer window remaining.”

“Having made his desire to quit the Magpies clear on a number of occasions, the likes of Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Liverpool and Roma are also said to be interested.”

That’s surprising, since there have been many reports saying the Madrid club were interested in Sissoko.

With those clubs remaining maybe Moussa ends up at Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew?

We do expect some bids to come in for Moussa, but whether they will be acceptable to Newcastle we don’t know.

But Rafa has made it very clear this summer that Newcastle will only sell if it’s in the club’s best interests.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financials · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fostino // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Well on that note


    Janmaat lascalles mbemba jesus

    Sissoko 😉 shelvey

    Anita perez rithchie


    Aarons armstrong hayden Diame clark colback darlow on the bench. Solid

  • 2 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Ed, i see it’s nearly time for your six monthly check up. I’m sure i speak for everyone on here when i wish you the best of luck. Here’s to another six months of good news for you and your family.

  • 3 Belfast // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Well I’m absolutely shocked…. Not!!

    He’s going to end up at Palace or West Bromwich.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Hmm if Arsenal were “beautiful” , what would Real Madrid be ? Miss World? And where would that leave Palace or West Brom? I suppose as the Fat bird wearing pyjamas in public? Do you have that nasty phenomenon in Newcastle? Lazy mingers.

  • 5 barkel // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    I can see bids in or around 15mil from clubs like Stoke, WBA or Palace coming in for him but that’s about it. I wouldn’t think Real or Juve are after him at all

  • 6 SuperShearer // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    One of two things are happening here:

    1. Marca are trying to help Real drive down the price of Sissoko. Something Rafa won’t fall for.
    2. No “big club” values Sissoko as highly as we do.

    Sorry lad but if it’s the latter maybe you’re best off sticking with us 😉 Or would you prefer to be Pardewed again?

  • 7 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Belfast, he’s made a right mug of himself. Best thing he could do is apologise, knuckle down and be back in the PL next season with the club he signed a contract with. Send him and Thauvin to Hartlepool for six months on loan, to teach them some humility.

  • 8 Spoof // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Palace or West Brom, I doubt it as I don’t see them paying the fee, he’ll end up either at Juve if we knock a few million off the asking price or Rafa will keep his skipper from last season, if Rafa really wants to get rid of him then playing him against Fulham could be for the best as it would send out a message that we are dead serious when we say pay the full price or we will keep him.

  • 9 Spotlight Kid // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Hardly a surprise if £35m is the asking price. Most fans would have taken £10m and paid his air fare to Spain last May. Take Real’s £25m and two loanees if that’s the offer! Personally I’d even take a cheeky £20m from Palace before he starts ‘playing’ again, and people wake up to what his usual week in week out club performances are really like.

  • 10 JP...from The Rock // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    I think the twat will end up in Juventus.

  • 11 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Now then munster, how’s life?

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    I don’t understand all these five year deals mind, I thought that was a thing of the past.

  • 13 Goromagpie // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Guys is Ciaran Clark good ?

  • 14 Spoof // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    If he does stay where would that leave Diame, what an absolutely fabulous problem Rafa would have then, he already has a similar problem with Gamez, does he play Gamez or does he play Janmaat the fella Gamez was supposed to replace, if we end up with all four of them then that could be looked upon as being a mistake by Rafa, but I tell you what, it’s the kind of mistake which I love because it makes us so much stronger, so here’s hoping that we have all four of them.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Funny Sissoko – he could still end up at the TOON – especially if only West Brom and Palace come in for him

  • 16 dazza // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Palace must have some cash to burn after bidding $32 for Benteke. I’ve heard elsewhere that they have been hitting Moussa with a charm offensive, trying to convince him how beautiful a club they are.

    I would love it if he ends up there, he could back up Bolasie, or Townsend. Supplying crosses for the mighty Wickham. Maybe we can insert a buy-back clause for when they drop and we come up.

  • 17 Spoof // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:32 PM


    I said pretty much the same myself, if Clark or any on long term contracts turn out to be shyte then we are stuck with them.

  • 18 Wayayman // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Diame at St James

  • 19 Ron Knee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    “I’m told Diame from @HullCity to @NUFC is done. No official confirmation yet. #hcafc”

  • 20 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Dazza, if he goes to Palace, as unlikely as it sounds, we could take Zaha from them. He’s been told he won’t be given another contract and I’m sure he could do a good job in the Championship for us.

  • 21 Moonraker15 // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I knew Madrid wouldn’t take him ! They only go for top quality and THAT he isn’t, as we all know!
    Thanks to those performances at the Euros (which actually contributed nothing in an attacking sense), Rafa has been able to ramp up the price and he is now un-buy able! Haha. However if he eats humble pie, apologises and stays he will tear the sky-bet apart this season and we will walk the league! Happy days!

  • 22 JP...from The Rock // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Bobbylee- I’ll take Zaha in a heartbeat. Better than Thauvin and Sissoko.

  • 23 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    JP, I’m surprised he’s being released to be honest, but if we can’t get Knockaert a bid for Zaha might be worth a go. On his day he can be awesome and his day would come round regularly in the Championship. Surprised nobody has responded to it already tbh.

  • 24 Moonraker15 // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Omg great quote from Diame on twitter “Newcastle is a great club! Benitez has promised to build a club worthy of the name”.
    I’m in dreamland!

  • 25 Moonraker15 // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    *or words to that effect!

  • 26 Graeme // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Sissoko – a Legend in his own Lunch Time!!

    He will be superb at WBA, or maybe Palace will go in hard for him!!!!!

  • 27 bettyswallocks // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    I think Juventus have always been the club who intend to sign sussoko. They are obviously waiting for the Pogba money.

  • 28 outside the box // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    ron knee @ 19…..thats good news….thought he was hulls best player last season….after banging on about a left footed centre back for last few years …not sure about clark ..get the feeling he is vying with dummett for lb ..we now have mbemba lascelles hanley dummet and clark scrapping for 3 positions as i think rb is well covered …my fancy would be mbemba hanley lascelles dummett…..certainly competition for places.

  • 29 magscar // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    If Real Madrid aren’t interested why are the papers not only talking about possible loan deals but also which 2 players are on offer. Also references to Sissoko being told to put in transfer request have been reported.

    News didn’t come from us that is for sure so where?

    I’m in the camp of they don’t want to pay our asking price and bit of brinkmanship going on.

    What would Sissoko make of his PL suitors now the “beautiful” Arsenal have not come in – looking more at “personality” clubs like Palace and WBA.

    Way to go in saga yet.

  • 30 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Maybe Pulis doesn’t look such a mug now. Even Sissoko must realise he’d be better off with us than either of those two. Both could easily get relegated i suppose – then what? Loan him to them for a season if he really thinks the Championship is beneath him. One thing is now for sure – the top clubs are beyond his reach. Anybody know how to make humble pie? 😉

  • 31 bettyswallocks // Aug 3, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    It would have been nice to see us sign one unknown quantity from Spain or South America with superstar potential.

  • 32 Legolas // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    It would just be our luck that the only player to state he wants to leave, stays.

  • 33 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Sissoko was never gonna be good enough for madrid. & madrid already know it.

  • 34 Spoof // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    I don’t rate Zaha, not enough end product for me, mind I did say the same about Townsend and he proved me totally wrong, but Zaha has played virtually every game for the last two seasons and his goals and assists record is very poor, six goals and seven assists in two full seasons, I think we need a better return than that.

  • 35 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    OFFICIAL: Newcastle United have signed Mohamed Diamé from Hull City.

  • 36 Spoof // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:03 PM


    Rafa may not have signed him but Aarons could be that man.

  • 37 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 7s8 seconds ago
    Three-year deal for Diame #nufc

  • 38 lesh // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:03 PM


    Palace and WBA’ll be the equivalent of The Fat Slags as far as Sissoko’s aspirations go.

  • 39 magscar // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    I think Betty is right and there are a few things hanging on Pogba deal – usually a big transfer becomes a catalyst for others and Euro’s have delayed matters.

    At least i hope so and this doesn’t become one of SSN’s beloved last minute deadline day scoops after long drawn out saga during day.

    Seriously we don’t need distraction once season starts.

  • 40 JP...from The Rock // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    It’s official! Diame has signed! 🙂

  • 41 Jib // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    This is probably why Real Madrid are stalling on Sissoko.

    Julian Draxler has announced his desire to leave Wolfsburg and has talked to Zidane.

    Although he has been primarily left winger – the 6’2″ 22 year old German international has great scope to expand his game.

    To be brutally frank Sissoko isn’t fit to lace his boots.

  • 42 Bobbybee // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Spoof, he’d do better in the Championship obviously, it would depend how the deal worked. Probably not PL quality, but for one season? Just a thought really. Bit of creativity we’re currently lacking.

  • 43 nut meg // Aug 3, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    According to transfer market Clark has only played left back 7 times,he’s a centre back.

  • 44 Munster Mag // Aug 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Bobby, all well mate. Thrilled with Diame. Clarke is solid but not much of an improvement on Dummett but really pleased with how things are going. Keeping my nose clean on the blog. Jail castigated me for calling into question some of Rafa’s approach but I stand by everything I said. Like everyone else I love Rafa but as a fan and someone who has a half knowledge of the game, we are all entitled to our opinions eh? I hope your golden boy gets game time this year as a decision will have to me made on him in 12 months as he aint getting younger. Would be delighted to see arma doing well. I am not sure he will fit into a 4231 but only because he would fit a 442 well. who knows he might be our McCormack. Glad Norwich didn’t get him….I don’t think Villa are great and I don’t rate their manager much.

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