By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko is not a target for Real Madrid this summer, according to a report.
Spanish publication Marca claims that Real have no interest in the France international and reports they will bid for the player are untrue.
This comes after widespread reports in Spain and England that the Champions League holders are willing to meet Newcastle’s £35million asking price for Sissoko, either through a straight cash deal or a cash-plus-player exchange.
Marca, which is often seen as the media mouthpiece of the Real hierarchy, state that Zinedine Zidane’s team have no plans to add any players to their midfield unless there are any outgoings.
Newcastle set a huge £35million price tag on Sissoko, in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final.
Sissoko is contracted with Newcastle until June 2019, but prefers an immediate move back to top-flight football rather than fighting for promotion in the Championship next season.
The France international was the outstanding player for his team at Euro 2016 as they lost 1-0 to Portugal in the final, after emerging as a regular for the runners-up in the tournament’s latter stages.
Sissoko was a mainstay for the Magpies last season, and was named captain by Rafael Benitez for the final matches of the campaign.
However, he scored just one goal from 39 appearances and 3,402 minutes of action, a poor return for a player with 35 caps for France and one who plays so high up the pitch.
Despite some high profile names departing from St James’ Park this summer, manager Rafa Benitez has already been recruiting with stars such as Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle joining.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Toon flop Henri Saivet is in talks to move back to France with Ligue 1 side Marseille.