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Chelsea favourites over Liverpool to sign £16m Premier League star

Blues handed boost in midfielder chase.

Chelsea are tipped as the favourites to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko ahead of both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The French international could leave for around £16m this summer, the Star claims, though it is expected that Liverpool may be cautious about spending more money after just wrapping up a deal for Christian Benteke in the last week, following on from a flurry of other new arrivals this pre-season.

This leaves Chelsea as the leading contenders at the moment, with the Blues perhaps in need of more options in the middle of the park after some unconvincing performances from squad players like Ramires and John Obi Mikel last term, while even Cesc Fabregas’ form tailed off towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Sissoko, meanwhile, proved a key performer for Newcastle once again, scoring five goals from midfield and putting in some commanding displays to show he could fit in well at a bigger club.

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Sissoko also scored a crucial goal against West Ham United on the final day of last season to help secure the Magpies’ Premier League survival, and this kind of match-winning abilty could now see him move on to bigger things as he will surely not want to be part of a team fighting for its top flight future again.

Chelsea have had a relatively quiet summer so far, bringing in low-ley signings such as Radamel Falcao on loan and Asmir Begovic as backup goalkeeper, meaning there will surely be some more exciting business to come from them in the next few weeks.

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