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Newcastle midfielder angles for move to “the beautiful Arsenal”

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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United outjumps Erik Pieters of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Moussa Sissoko is capable of the spell-binding and the powerful, a midfielder with size and speed who will represent France at the European Championship this month.

And the Newcastle United man hopes “with all his heart” that he’ll be sold this summer in order to keep representing his country.

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Sissoko, 26, scored 12 goals in 132 appearances for Newcastle, and led the Magpies in assists with 7 during this year’s relegation campaign. He has also has struggled to show consistency across all matches, going from Dec. 6 to April 16 between assists and being apart of a sluggish set-up at St. James Park.

Sissoko has admitted that he has no desire to continue at Newcastle due to a desire for continued call-ups to France, and was asked about being linked to Arsenal.

From Chronicle Live:

“It’s very flattering. Arsenal is one of the best European clubs. To be followed by this kind of club, it proves that we have the quality. It’s good to know.


“Everyone knows, I have often said when I was young, my heart was Arsenal club, because there were a lot of French players that have been there as Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol...

“The beautiful Arsenal. We’ll see.”

Sissoko’s transfer value will take a hit from relegation and his desire to leave, but it would be stunning if he sold for less than $15 million. That could earn Newcastle a lot of replacement players, and there could be a bit of addition by subtraction when it comes to the mercurial Moussa.

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