The French midfielder has made it clear since the Magpies were relegated from the Premier League last season that he wanted to leave. Earlier in the summer, he stated that his preferred destination was Arsenal with the Gunners playing “dream football”.
Arsène Wenger, despite publicly stating his admiration for Sissoko, didn’t make a move before Euro 2016 began. A starring role in the tournament’s latter stages saw Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, slap a £35m price tag on the French international.
Whilst Sissoko’s representatives have met with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, neither side has yet agreed a fee. The player is increasingly concerned about returning to pre-season training next week with a section of the travelling Newcastle support venting their frustrations over him during the recent friendly at Doncaster Rovers.
Real Madrid’s summer had been set around signing Pogba and were making good headway until Manchester United intervened. The French international opted for a Premier League return forcing last season’s Champions League winners to look elsewhere.
Florentino Perez, the Real President, recently observed that the club were interested in Sissoko but would reduce the fee with player exchanges.
He may yet be the knight in white armour that Sissoko is praying for.
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