Borussia Dortmund are considering testing Newcastle United’s resolve to hold on to Moussa Sissoko.
Sissoko wants to leave St James’s Park this summer in the wake of the club’s relegation to the Championship.
But United manager Rafa Benitez is looking to keep the midfielder on Tyneside.
Benitez feels he can persuade Sissoko to stay – and his stance has the backing of owner Mike Ashley.
If Sissoko is to leave, the club are adamant that it will be for the right price.
Newcastle value the 26-year-old in the £35million bracket
Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with moves for Sissoko, who impressed playing at Euro 2016 for beaten finalists France.
But there have been no bids, so far, for Sissoko, who claimed this week that he wanted to leave United as “early as possible”.
A representative of Sissoko has also asked the club to be “reasonable” in their demands.
Sissoko has long spoken of his admiration for Arsenal.
However, the former Toulouse player, signed by Newcastle in January 2013, is also open to a move to the Bundesliga in Germany.
Dortmund are interested in him, while Hamburg chief executive officer Dietmar Beiersdorfer has revealed that the club held talks with Sissoko’s camp before Euro 2016.
Beiersdorfer said Sissoko was “interested” in a move to the Volksparkstadion.
United’s price tag is likely to prove prohibitive to Bundesliga clubs, but Dortmund are considering a bid for a player who struggled for form last season.
Meanwhile, three more Newcastle games have been chosen for live broadcast by Sky Sports.
United’s home game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, August 27 has had its kick-off time put back to 5.30pm.
Newcastle’s away game against Derby County on Saturday, September 10 has had its kick off put back to 5.30pm.
And the fixture away to Aston Villa on Saturday, September 24 will also be screened live (5.30pm kick-off).