Real Madrid are currently the front-runners in the race for Moussa Sissoko, as per The Telegraph.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 27, 2016
The Spanish club have reportedly decided to wait until Manchester United officially announce the capture of Paul Pogba, following which they will go ahead with their deal for Sissoko.
Moussa was part of the France national team that came runners-up in this year’s European Championships. The Newcastle man played outstandingly well in the final, but could not stop the Portuguese from winning the trophy.
Newcastle were relegated last season, and will now be faced with the reality that most of their top players will leave the club. Georginio Wijnaldum was the first big name to leave the Magpies this season, after Liverpool paid £25 million for the Dutch player.
Another player who left St. James’ Park this season is Andros Townsend, who joined Crystal Palaces for a £13 million transfer fee.
Reports suggest that Newcastle will be looking to sell Moussa Sissoko for around £30 million – £7 million more than the price at which he was valued before he played in the Euro 2016.
Real Madrid have been on the lookout for a defensive midfielder for the past month. The Galacticos have already got one signing under their belts, in the form of Alvaro Morata. Zidane activated the Spaniard’s buyback clause of €30 million from Juventus.
The Los Blancos manager has been looking to sign Paul Pogba this summer, even calling the midfielder personally to try and spark a move. But, it seems that they have been outbid by Manchester United, as the Red Devils have agreed to a record-breaking £112 million deal for their former midfielder.
The Madrid giants also lost to Barcelona in the race for Andre Gomes’ signature this summer. The Catalans swooped in at the last minute and hijacked the deal from right under Real’s nose.
Sissoko, therefore, looks like Real Madrid’s best chance of signing a defensive midfielder in this window.