Real Madrid are reportedly offering Newcastle United two of their young starlets in order to reduce the asking price for Moussa Sissoko.
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Sissoko was valued a lot less at the end of last season, but after an incredible showing at the Euros, his club took the chance to sky rocket the valuation of the midfielder.
Newcastle, who got relegated to the Championship after a torrid campaign last season, will know how much hype surrounds a player on the back of a successful major tournament. And justified or not, Newcastle are looking to capitalize on the hype around Sissoko after his tournament with France.
Real Madrid are keen on the midfielder, but are not willing to meet the £35 million asking price the Geordies are demanding.
Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also interested in signing the midfielder, but Real seem to be front runners in the race for the France international’s signature.
Several reports claim that Real are ready to offer two young players that Benitez has worked with during his time in charge of the La Liga giants – Marcos Llorente and Mariano Diaz.
Llorente is a 21-year-old midfielder, and has made 62 appearances for Real Madrid’s B team since making his debut as a substitute in October last season. He has also appeared for Spain’s under-19’s.
Real Madrid describe him as “a very intelligent and determined midfielder, he is the team’s catalyst going forward, has an outstanding imagination and is able to beat a man. All of this allows him to enter the opposition’s area and create danger.”
The other player, Mariano Diaz, is a 23-year-old forward. He scored an incredible 30 goals in 40 appearances for the Real Madrid B team last year, and is seen as one for the future. First team manager Zinedine Zidane is keen on sending the youngster out on loan in an attempt to get him valuable experience and minutes.
Newcastle have already made it clear that they do not want loans, and whether Real are willing to let go of the youngsters on a permanent basis is yet to be seen.