Major international tournaments can do wonders for a players’ profile.
A few decent performances for his country and suddenly he’s on the most-wanted lists of Europe’s biggest clubs, regardless of how consistent he might have been with his club side over the past few seasons.
This is exactly what’s happened with Newcastle United’s midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer.
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The 26-year-old caught the eye of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez thanks to his impressive displays for France at Euro 2016 and now Los Blancos are pushing hard to obtain his signature.
Newcastle are demanding £35 million for Sissoko - the fee would have been significantly lower, thanks to the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship, prior to this summer’s European Championships - but the Spanish giants are reluctant to pay quite so much money for the midfielder.
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Real Madrid offer Newcastle two players
Instead, according to the Mirror, Real Madrid will offer Newcastle two of their talented youngsters in order to sweeten the deal.
The first is Marcos Llorente, a 21-year-old midfielder who has made two appearances for Real Madrid’s first team.
He is described by his current employers as “a very intelligent and determined midfielder, he is the team’s catalyst going forward, has an outstanding imagination and is able to beat a man. All of this allows him to enter the opposition’s area and create danger.”
The second player is Mariano Diaz, a prolific goalscorer with the Real Madrid B team.
The 23-year-old made headlines over the weekend by scoring a magnificent goal in Los Blancos’ 3-2 victory over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in Michigan.
The Mirror claim Mariano has been described as the “future” of Real Madrid and that Zinedine Zidane wants him to get minutes on the pitch this season.
Subsequently, it’s unclear whether Real Madrid will offer the two players on permanent or loan deals.
According to the report, Newcastle have previously indicated that they are not interested in part-exchanges and would prefer to bank the money - allowing them to reinvest on new signings - instead.
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