Juventus and Everton prepare £35m Sissoko bid
Juventus and Everton are set to do battle over the signing of Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to reports.
The Guardian is reporting that both Juventus and Everton are ready to meet Newcastle's £35 million valuation of the French midfielder.
Juventus view Sissoko as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who appears to be set to make a world record £100 million move to Manchester United.
Juve have already bolstered their midfield with the addition of Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic from AS Roma for €32 million this summer, but Sissoko would fit the bill to replace Pogba's energy and drive in midfield.
Everton are in the market for a new midfielder this summer, having been strongly linked with a move for Zenit St Petersburg's Axel Witsel.
However, Witsel appears to be close to joining Napoli, so the Toffees have been forced to re-evaluate their options, and Sissoko is a player who they desire.
The Merseysiders are operating with a far greater transfer budget than ever before this summer, thanks to the investment of Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri, who has purchased a 49 per cent stake in the club.
And Everton's finances could be further increased by the potential £50 million sale of defender John Stones to Manchester City.
Everton are keen to hold on to the 22-year-ol England defender, and are demanding a record fee for a defender if they are to consider selling.