Rafa Benitez stands firm at Newcastle as Palace weigh up Moussa Sissoko move

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko

Rafa Benitez says the price MUST be right if Newcastle United are to sell any big names this summer.

A clutch of clubs are interested in Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Former United manager Alan Pardew, now in charge of Crystal Palace, was today linked with a move for Sissoko, rated in the £35million-bracket by Newcastle, by the Sunday Mirror.

Rafa Benitez – whose side beat Bohemian 6-0 in Dublin yesterday – wants to keep Sissoko and Wijnaldum at St James's Park.

Asked if there would be outgoings as well as incomings, United's manager said: "We will see. If we have the right player available, we will try to do it.

"We maybe have to sell some players if we have the right offers, but that's always normal."

The Mirror claim that Palace are not prepared to meet Newcastle's valuation of Sissoko, who is also wanted by Borussia Dortmund.