The French midfielder had a brilliant Euro 2016 at home and was probably the second best France player of the tournament behind Antoine Griezmann. With Newcastle now relegated from the Premier League, he will certainly move on with Arsenal one of the potential buyers.
France Football claims his value soared from a meager €25m to €45m thanks to his excellent Euros, when you consider that the Magpies bought him from Toulouse for €2.5m, it was a bargain at the time.
They say Sissoko negotiated to be allowed to leave during the summer back in January when offers came to Newcastle and were rejected. He is still under contract until 2019. His ambition is to play in the Champions League:
“My priority is to stay in England, even if I am not against going for a new challenge somewwere else. I really want to play alongside quality players and game at the highest level.”
The list of possible suitors is long: Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool in England. Hamburg SV made a €12m bid prior to the Euros that went up to €15m in early June. Borussia Dortmund are also interested while the Italian press mentioned Napoli and Juventus, who could replace Paul Pogba with him.
Would Sissoko fit the Arsenal playing style? Definitely, as he can cover multiple positions on the pitch, he is being nicknamed the Swiss knife because Didier Deschamps could use him everywhere in midfield and in attack.
The main problem would really be the actual congestion in central midfield and right attacking side at the club at the moment. As well as the price tag.
Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott play a similar position on Arsenal right side, so at least one of them would need to be offloaded to see the Frenchman move.
And in the centre of the park, we are talking about Wilshere, Coquelin, Elneny, Xhaka and Cazorla in the same position. None of these guys are on the way out at the moment, so Sissoko to Arsenal is possible but you would not think he is a top priority buy for Arsene Wenger.