Moussa Diaby raid announced as Edu and Arteta stalk Newcastle for ‘proven’ striker
Arsenal will be eyeing Newcastle-linked Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby as a summer transfer option, a reporter has claimed.
The Gunners have made strengthening their attack a key priority for the current window. In fact, they have already filled an important hole with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus as their new marquee striker.
The former Manchester City star has reunited with former City assistant boss Mikel Arteta for £45m. However, reports have continuously spoken of Arsenal’s interest in signing another wide striker.
Leeds United’s Raphinha has emerged as Arsenalthe first target. Chelsea looked like they stole a march on the Gunners for the Brazilian. However, the Blues could also accept defeat to Barcelona in the race.
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Arsenal could go after France international Diaby from Leverkusen instead.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a £60m move to Newcastle following his impressive recent rise.
“Diaby are probably on the list of a number of top clubs considering attacking wingers this summer, and I’m sure Arsenal are no different,” O’Rourke said. reporter said GiveMeSport.
“Obviously they tried for Raphinha but it looks like he only wants to join Barcelona so I’m sure they are considering other potential targets.
“And Diaby, as I said, will be on the list of a lot of top clubs because he has proven himself for Leverkusen and also for France.”
Moussa Diaby’s transfer fee causes problems
Newcastle, like Arsenal, are on the hunt for a new wide striker this summer. However, they are said to have balked at Leverkusen’s £60million valuation of Diaby.
However, the Magpies haven’t given up on their pursuit of the striker and are hoping to lower the fee.
Diaby moved to Leverkusen from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019. And his goal contributions record has improved in each of his three seasons at the club.
Arsenal pursue Moussa Diaby
Arsenal are looking to bolster their forward options next season and Moussa Diaby has appeared on their radar.
Diaby’s debut season saw him contribute directly to 16 goals, with eight goals and eight assists.
That tally rose to 25 overall in the 2020/21 campaign, with two more goals and seven more assists.
However, last season Diaby scored 17 goals and set up another 14, playing on the front line – hence Leverkusen’s dizzying valuation of their rising star.
Arsenal, Newcastle could struggle
It looks like Arsenal and Newcastle will just have to find the money to Diaby this summer.
Leverkusen finished third in the Bundesliga last season, helped mainly by Diaby’s goals and assists.
It means they have Champions League football to look forward to next season. And that’s something neither Arsenal nor Newcastle can offer.
Moreover, Diaby still has three years left on his contract, so Leverkusen are in a very healthy negotiating position over their star future.
Diaby could light up the Premier League, but it looks like he won’t come cheap to interested parties.