Arsenal, Liverpool on alert: La Liga giants to hijack their long-term target after latest development
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Arsenal, Liverpool on alert: La Liga giants to hijack their long-term target after latest development

Real Madrid to offer loan players to secure the deal for Newcastle star Moussa Sissoko, according to latest reports. Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool are also in the race.

But Newcastle are believed to be expecting Real Madrid to make a formal bid for Moussa Sissoko to push through the deal swiftly.

The 26-year-old French international has made no secret of his intention to leave Newcastle after their relegation to the Championship.

Las week French magazine France Football claim, Arsenal have entered the race to challenge Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham to secure the service of Sissoko.

Sissoko’s replacement has already been lined up, with Senegal midfielder Mohammed Diame completed medical on Tyneside on Tuesday before a £4.5m move from Hull City as Newcastle activated a release clause in his contract.

There is a possibility that the £35m price tag on Sissoko may slow things down but it now seems Madrid may offer the Championship club two young players likely Mariano Diaz and Marcos Llorente, on season-long loans to make the deal more sweet, Guardian reports.

Real are quite aware Sissoko, who is back training with Newcastle, is also being tracked by Arsenal and Liverpool alongside  Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Everton, West Bromwich and Crystal Palace but hope the player has already decided to make a switch to Spain.

While Mariano, a powerful 23-year-old striker who netted against Chelsea last week, could fill a vacancy in attack, Llorente is a 21-year-old former Spain youth playmaker.

Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, is rumoured to have particularly high hopes for Mariano, who scored 30 goals in 40 B team appearances last season, but feels he needs to go out on loan to gain experience.

“My priority is to stay in England even if I’m not against going to search for a new challenge elsewhere,” Sissoko recently told France Football and that means he doesn’t want to leave England contradicting the latest report.

“I particularly want to play with big players and in top-level matches.” 

Newcastle are reportedly looking for at least £35million to sell Sissoko, who scored just one goal in 39 appearances last season.

Meanwhile, the midfielder is confident his performances in Euro 2016, where France were beaten 1-0 in the final by Portugal, will help him to find a new club.

“I would give myself 10 out of 10,” Sissoko said when asked how he would rate his contribution at the tournament.

“I don’t feel that I’m superior to others but, from the moment where I’ve given everything, I’m not going to attribute myself another mark. I have nothing to reproach myself for in this competition.”

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