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.