Arsenal have reportedly made a shock approach for Newcastle United powerhouse Moussa Sissoko.
Arsene Wenger is planning a major reshuffle of his midfield options this summer and has allowed veteran duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to depart. Mathieu Flamini could also follow suit.
And TransferMarketWeb understands that the Gunner boss wants to take advantage of Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League to snap up France international Sissoko in a cut-price deal.
Sissoko is under contract at St James’ Park until 2019, but the Magpies losing their top-flight status is likely to hasten his exit. The 26-year-old has refused to commit his future to Newcastle.
“It’s difficult to answer but I know this team and this club deserved to stay up,” Sissoko said.
“But we are in the Championship now so we need to do everything to try and come back for the next season because this club should normally be in the top 10 [of the Premier League].
“This season was hard for everyone but we need to carry on and work hard for the season after.”
Title runners-up Arsenal are believed to be keen to land Sissoko for around £10m, giving the player the opportunity to fulfil his long-term ambition of testing himself in the Champions League.
Sissoko is a formidable force and can be untouchable on his day, but has been plagued by inconsistency in his three and a half years with Newcastle. He has made 133 appearances, scoring 12 goals.
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