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Agent: Newcastle promised wantaway star he could quit club for less than half new mega price tag

By Harvey Byrne

Moussa Sissoko’s agent has urged Newcastle to let the France star go for less than his £35million price tag.

The attacking midfielder has been heavily tipped to leave St James’ Park this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship and the player has enhanced his reputation after some excellent displays in the European Championships.

However, the Mapgies have placed a £35million price tag on the 26-year-old, who joined the club in January 2013 and signed a six-and-a-half year deal.

“We do not understand. It was agreed that Moussa stayed one more season at Newcastle to help the team,” said the player’s representative from Mondinal Sport Management to French website Foot Mercato.

“He did the best he could. The club has always said Moussa could leave for between £15.2million and £21.1million maximum.

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“We hope that Rafael 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 who came to us and the club [Newcastle]. We are fully aware of their approaches. We want everything to go well.”

Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United 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.

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.

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, Rafa Benitez is preparing to make a move for Peter Crouch.