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Real Madrid join the race for Newcastle's £35m ace

By Dominic Toner

Real Madrid are interested in signing Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to a report.

The Guardian reported that Everton and Juventus are battling over Sissoko, but they could both be pushed aside with the Spanish giants preparing to join the race.

The Chronicle claim that Real Madrid will turn their attention to the Frenchman after rivals Barcelona signed their transfer target Andre Gomes from Valencia.

Newcastle set a huge £35million price tag on Sissoko earlier this month, in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final.

The France international was the outstanding player for his team 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.

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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 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.

Newcastle are also set to lose Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum after he agreed terms with Liverpool. He’s reported to be undergoing a medical on Friday.

Despite the imminent departures of some high profile names from St James’ Park, manager Rafa Benitez has already been recruiting with stars such as Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle joining.

In other Newcastle transfer news, they have joined the race for highly rated England Under-19 international Rico Henry.