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Rafa Benitez dismisses talk of set transfer fee

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has spoken out about the future of Moussa Sissoko after the player declared that he would like to leave St James’ Park this summer.

Sky Sports have reported that the Magpies have set a £35million asking price for any potential suitors that come in for 26 year old during the transfer window but the Spaniard has denied that any such price has been agreed. He told NUFC TV:

“I made him the captain so I rate him really high. I’m disappointed because they [France] didn’t win [Euro 2016], but happy because of his performances. Now we have to wait. People are talking about ‘this price’, or ‘this price’ – but we don’t want to sell so we haven’t put any price and we are pleased, we are happy with him. I appreciate him too much to think that I will miss him so we know he has done really well and a lot of people will be talking about him.”

Sissoko has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United in recent days, while he declared before the Euros that he was interested in playing for Arsenal. It is believed that the future of Paul Pogba could play a key part in where Sissoko could end up if he leaves Tyneside this summer. If Juve sell Sissoko’s France team mate, the Newcastle midfielder could end up in Italy but if Pogba stays, Manchester United or Real Madrid could be his destination.

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