Chelsea and Liverpool appear to be in the race to sign a France midfielder, currently representing his country at Euro 2016.
Both clubs are looking to improve their midfield options this summer and now it seems that according to The Express, both teams view Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko as an option.
Despite being relegated, Newcastle are thought to be holding out for close to £20million for Sissoko, who was one of the clubs best performers last season.
Sissoko is ambitious as to the nature of his new club, targeting the very best and if Chelsea and Liverpool are seriously interested then he will certainly be keen.
On Arsenal’s interest, he has previously said: “It is very flattering. Arsenal is one of the best European teams.
“The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. I cannot tell you if I am going to go to Arsenal. For the moment, I am focused on the French national team and the Euros.”
But French publication L’Equipe report both Chelsea and Liverpool are now showing an interest in the France international, who is currently with his country at Euro 2016.
Klopp would demand a much more consistent high work rate from the powerful Sissoko should he join Liverpool. The Frenchman, despite his occasional brilliance had been criticised for a lack of consistency at Newcastle last season.
Sissoko stands at 6ft 2′ and is aged 26, he is in peak physical condition to make a big move, but whether he has the technical quality to play for a big club is another matter. It is pretty clear that if he were to move to a team like Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal, he would not start regularly. He needs to seriously consider what is more important, money or playing football. Rumours suggest he has turned down West Brom due to them not being a big enough club.
Sissoko is not a goalscoring midfielder, he only netted one league goal for Newcastle last season. Contrary to what some may think, he is quite creative though, making seven assists and 49 key passes in 37 games. But Sissoko’s real strengths lie where he can use his physical advantage. These are 84 successful take ons and 52 aerial duels won that he managed last season. These stats show that Sissoko would be a solid wide option. His ability to go past players regularly whilst also being good in the air makes him an attractive option for any club.
Obviously Sissoko is not of the highest calibre and £20million seems a little steep for a player who has just been relegated. £15million may be a more realistic valuation although his pass completion rate of 76% may be a worry to the more possession based suitors like Arsenal.
Sissoko seems well-built to a counter-attacking side and that could suit Antonio Conte at Chelsea should he deploy the 5-3-2 formation he has with Italy at Euro 2016. Sissoko, who has played as a winger and central midfielder could play in one of the wide central midfield roles and offer pace on the break and strength and height in defensive areas.