Well, it looks like Moussa Sissoko and Newcastle United are now tied together for a little longer.

The French midfielder said that he would be making a decision on his club future after the Euros BUT it appears that this decision has been taken for him.

After looking France’s best player in the disappointing performance and defeat to Portugal, Newcastle United have wasted little time before briefing the media that the bidding for Moussa Sissoko starts at £35m.

Sissoko’s display in the European Championship final appeared to make Newcastle fans get angry and laugh in equal measures – the player’s drive and desire at total odds to what United supporters have watched for at least the last two and a half years ago, when Sissoko appeared to pretty much throw the towel in after Yohan Cabaye was sold and not replaced.

The £35m minimum valuation is surely laughable when gauged against what he has actually ‘achieved’ since January 2014.

Even when getting decent to very good reviews in the Euros, the fact remains that in six hours and 20 minutes, in four starts and two sub appearances, Moussa Sissoko has still not scored a goal or grabbed an assist, unless I blinked?

As for his Newcastle ‘form’, last season was an embarrassment with only one league goal, plus seven assists – most of those coming in the one match against Norwich in a crazy open game. The previous season saw only two league assists and four goals.

How exactly this all equates to a £35m asking price…

The transfer market is undoubtedly going to be further inflated with the extra £600m+ Premier League clubs are sharing as from this coming season but will somebody really end up meeting the Newcastle valuation?

As for yesterday’s match, here are some interesting marks out of 10 for the France team and write up on Moussa Sissoko by respected website GFFN (get French Football News):

Hugo Lloris: 6, Patrice Evra: 4, Laurent Koscielny: 5, Samuel Umtiti: 5, Bacary Sagna: 5, Paul Pogba: 4, Blaise Matuidi: 6, Moussa Sissoko: 7, Dimitri Payet: 4, Antoine Griezmann: 5, Olivier Giroud: 5


Kingsley Coman: 6, Andre Pierre-Gignac: 4, Anthony Martial: N/A (Not on long enough to judge)

Moussa Sissoko write-up:

“A beast of a man when he gets going.

“Sissoko looked like the only player who could’ve broken down the Portugal defence during the first half, with his mammoth runs causing havoc in the opposition defence. But soon enough, the Portuguese got wise to his method, and canceled him out.

“One of the better performers of the evening whose energy was sapped from him during the latter stages.”