Report: Newcastle United set £35 million price tag for Moussa Sissoko

Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele (L) in action with Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko

The Magpies midfielder starred for France at Euro 2016.

Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele (L) in action with Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been widely expected to leave St. James' Park this summer, but it appears as though any potential exit could have been made less likely with the Chronicle reporting that the club have set a £35 million price tag for the Frenchman.

Sissoko had an underwhelming campaign for the Magpies last term, only scoring his first goal of the season in the final weeks and generally failing to impress until the late resurgence under Rafael Benitez.

However, the 26-year-old was arguably one of France's star performers at Euro 2016 over the last few weeks, and was particularly impressive in Sunday's final as the host nation succumbed to a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Portugal.

Portugal's Renato Sanches in action with France's Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko went public with his desire to leave Tyneside before the start of the tournament, to which Newcastle responded by maintaining that they will not be pushed into selling any players they do not want to lose.

The midfielder has three years left to run on his deal, and according to the Chronicle Newcastle will only be prepared to consider selling the star if an offer comes in which is in the same ballpark as the club-record £35 million received for Andy Carroll five years ago.

France's Moussa Sissoko in action with Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson

This summer, clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund have been linked with Sissoko, who looked a completely different player for his country at Euro 2016.

If the report of Newcastle's valuation is correct, it may well deter interested parties from making a solid offer for the midfielder, and perhaps Sissoko could even be set for a surprise stay at St. James' Park in the Championship.

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

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