EPL : Newcastle slap £35m price tag on Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko’s agent has fired back at Newcastle United after the North East club slapped a £35million price tag on his client.
Sportsmail revealed on Monday that Newcastle were not keen to see the 26-year-old depart and decided to ask for the huge sum, despite Sissoko saying that he wants to leave St. James’ Park following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Sissoko, but he has three years remaining on his contract and after a series of impressive displays for France at Euro 2016, Newcastle are keen to eke out as much value from him as possible.
His representative was not happy with that suggestion and questioned the decision-making of the club.
He told FootMercato: ‘We do not understand. It was agreed that Moussa would stay for one more season with Newcastle to help the team. Which he did the best he could.
‘It has never been a question that there was a more elevated clause. The club has always said that they would let Moussa leave for between €18m (£15.25m) to €25m (£21m) maximum.
‘We hope that Rafa Benitez and the president will be more reasonable about Moussa’s future. He has always been loyal, he has always respected the club, the fans.
There are clubs that have come to us and the club. We are perfectly aware of the approaches. We want everything to go well.’
Sissoko struggled for Newcastle last season as they dropped out of the Premier League. However, he impressed for spells under Benitez after being handed the captain’s armband.
He finished the campaign by joining the France squad for Euro 2016 and played in six of their games as they reached the final, only to lose against Portugal.
Sissoko told L’Equipe: ‘For me, it changes nothing. The interested clubs will know how to find common ground. I hope that it will be as early as possible.’
MOUSSA SISSOKO IN 2015-16
Appearances – 37
Goals scored – 1
Assists – 7
Shot accuracy – 44 per cent
Pass accuracy – 76 per cent