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Football

11th Jul 2016

After one good game, Newcastle want absolutely crazy money for Moussa Sissoko

Everybody needs to calm down

Robert Redmond

The world really has gone mad.

Moussa Sissoko had a good game for France in the Euro 2016 final.

The Newcastle United midfielder burst forward on a number of occasions, showing a drive and intent that was sorely lacking from a number of his teammates during their 1-0 defeat to Portugal.

Sissoko is arguably the Magpies’ most valuable player, and played Sunday’s final like man who doesn’t fancy spending next season in the Championship.

However, is he worth £35m?

Of course not, but that’s reportedly the price Newcastle have placed on the 26-year-old.

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Sissoko has made noises about leaving St James’ Park in the past, claiming he wishes to play for a Champions League side.

“I gave everything there for three-and-a-half years. I hope that they will be smart enough to understand that, to continue my development, I need to keep playing at the highest level,” Sissoko said in June.

“As I want to stay in the France team I could not stay in the Championship. There will be discussions. I hope they will go in my opinion. I want to leave.

“I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League because I think this best fits my style of play.”

However, he did little on the pitch last season to warrant such a move, and was part of the Newcastle team that were relegated from the Premier League.

The club’s manager Rafa Benitez reportedly doesn’t want to sell the player, and the club are believed to unwilling to accept any bids lower than £35m.

Which is just as well, because even by the standards of modern football’s inflated transfer fees, surely no club is crazy enough to spend this much on Sissoko.

Right?

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