Sissoko, who has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, was arguably France’s best player in their extra-time Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal and his solid performances throughout the tournament has meant added interest in the midfielder this summer.
However, the Magpies – who were relegated from the Premier League last season – seem reluctant to let him go on the cheap and reportedly want a fee in the region of £35million.
The player’s agent claims that Newcastle promised to let Sissoko depart this summer for around half the rumoured asking price.
“We do not understand Newcastle. We agreed last year that Moussa would stay for one more year to help the team. He has given his all for the club,” the midfielder’s representative told Foot Mercato.
“We never even talked about a higher asking price. The club always said they would allow Moussa to leave for a fee between €18 million and €25m.
“We hope Rafa Benitez and Newcastle will be more reasonable again so we can resolve Moussa’s future. He has always been loyal and respectful toward the club.
“There are clubs that have approached us and Newcastle. We hope everything goes well.”