Newcastle set mammoth £35m valuation on goal-shy attacker amid top flight interest - report
By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle have placed a staggering £35million price tag on Moussa Sissoko in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final, according to a report.
The France international was the outstanding player for his team as they lost 1-0 to Portugal on Sunday night after emerging as a regular for the runners-up in the tournament’s latter stages.
Sissoko is now on holiday and is due to return to the club in three weeks but he has made it publicly clear that he has no intention of staying at Newcastle following their relegation to the Championship.
However, Newcastle’s preference is to hold on to the Frenchman and the Chronicle claim it would take a huge bid of £35million to tempt them to part company with the 26-year-old.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked with Sissoko but it is said there are no concrete offers on the table for the ex-Toulouse man.
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Were Newcastle to command such a fee it would equal a club record transfer fee in terms of cash received, with Andy Carroll sold for the same figure in 2011 to Liverpool.
Sissoko has refused to publicly commit to Newcastle following their relegation but the club are in no rush to cash in hastily on a player whose contract runs until 2019.
The attacking midfielder was a mainstay of the team 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.
In other Newcastle news, the club have agreed terms with a new midfielder as they step up their summer overhaul.