Euro giants line up Newcastle star as back up to £13m pursuit - report
By Tom Blackburn
Juventus are looking to sign Wolfsburg midfielder Luis Gustavo but are also interested in Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that Juventus are in pole position to sign Brazilian Gustavo, 29.
It is reported that if they fail to sign Gustavo they will alternatively pursue 27-year-old Sissoko or Napoli midfielder Axel Witsel.
Reliable French publication L’Equipe claimed on Wednesday that Inter Milan “could very quickly” lodge a £30million offer for Sissoko as they attempt to convince Newcastle to sell.
It is said that Inter have held two sets of talks with the France international’s representatives in a bid to strike a deal before the transfer window shuts next week.
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Newcastle have yet to field a formal bid for the attacking midfielder but there is competition for his signature, with Tottenham and Everton also maintaining an interest.
The 27-year-old, who celebrated his birthday last week, was linked with Inter by Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol on his Twitter account.
The Chronicle claim Newcastle slapped a huge £35million price tag on Sissoko in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final and he has attracted interest from big clubs across Europe.
Sissoko is contracted with Newcastle until June 2019, but is looking for an immediate move back to top-flight football, rather than fighting for promotion in the Championship.
The Toon’s number seven 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 Rafa 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.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are close to deal for a Serie A defender with a £3million fee and five-year deal.