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Arsenal have made an approach to sign Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to reports.
Arsene Wenger is very keen on strengthening his central midfield position this summer as he prepares for the departure of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
The club have been linked with a number of midfielders across Europe and are now said to be very close to completing the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.
However, reports now circulating in the media claim Arsenal are also looking to do a cut price deal with Newcastle. Transfer Market Web via the Daily Star claims Arsenal are looking to take advantage of Newcastle’s relegation and sign Sissoko on a cheap. The report claims Arsenal are prepared to pay £10m for the midfielder.
This will come as a big blow to Rafael Benitez who is hoping to keep his best players in the competition as he attempts to bring the Magpies straight back to the Premier League.
Sissoko could be interested in a move to the Emirates as the French man remained coy about his future after Newcastle’s relegation. When asked about his future, Sissoko said:
“It’s difficult to answer but I know this team and this club deserved to stay up.
“But we are in the Championship now so we need to do everything to try and come back for the next season because this club should normally be in the top 10 [of the Premier League].
“This season was hard for everyone but we need to carry on and work hard for the season after.”
Sissoko can be unplayable on his day, he would definitely be a good squad player for the club should he complete a move to the Emirates but would hardly be an upgrade to what we currently have.