According to a report in L’Equipe, Newcastle United have entered contract talks with Moussa Sissoko with the sole purpose of increasing his potential price tag.
The French publication say that the Magpies are intent on bulking up the midfielder’s market value via a new contract extension with the summer’s European Championships in mind.
“Moussa Sissoko was approached by leaders of Newcastle about a possible extension. The objective of Newcastle leaders is to increase the market value of the midfielder with a transfer in mind,” the report states.
Sissoko’s current deal at St. James’ Park expires in the summer of 2019, though the new deal is said to increase the France international’s salary.
It’s a rather strange way of reviewing the situation in terms of a future transfer, yet the player’s ability certainly means that the club will not have any problems finding a potential buyer.
Sissoko has been one of the club’s outstanding players in an otherwise frustrating campaign for Steve McClaren’s men as they currently occupy 18th position in the Premier League table.
The 26-year-old has made 19 league appearances thus far, contributing with five assists and averaging an impressive 2.3 successful take-ons and two key passes per league encounter.
Previous reports in the Mirror have linked with likes of Arsenal with making a move for the midfielder, while his potential selling price could fetch enough for Newcastle to really strengthen other areas of the team.