#1 Moussa Diaby: Arsenal in Negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen for Dynamic Transfer

Arsenal Makes Initial Contact with Bayer Leverkusen for Moussa Diaby Transfer

Arsenal have made initial contact with Bayer Leverkusen over French winger Moussa Diaby, after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk. The Gunners are desperately looking to bring in a new attacker to provide cover and competition in their bid to win the Premier League title, but they missed out on long-time target Mykhailo Mudryk. Chelsea swooped in at the last minute and agreed to pay Shakhtar Donetsk’s £88million asking price in full, also offering more realistic and achievable add-ons.

Diaby’s contract in Germany runs until the summer of 2025. He has been at Leverkusen since 2019, when he signed from boyhood side Paris Saint-Germain. The winger has eight caps for France’s national side, but missed out on their World Cup squad last year.

Competition and backup are needed for Bukayo Saka, who was overused last season as Arsenal dropped out of the Champions League places at the end of the campaign. This season again he has barely been given a rest by Mikel Arteta as there is not much behind him in terms of cover.

Moussa Diaby shares plenty of characteristics with Saka which makes many feel like this interest in the Bayer Leverkusen winger is to help support the England attacker. The two-footed Frenchman has the most chances created via carrying the ball (29) in the Bundesliga this season, while his simpler statistics are promising as well. Only Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller has more assists and big chances created in Germany’s top-flight since the start of last season than Moussa Diaby. It is certainly good company.

Arsenal are wasting no time in moving on from the disappointment of missing out on Mudryk, however, and are already exploring alternative forward targets. The north Londoners have been linked with a move for wantaway Brighton star Leandro Trossard in recent days – who is thought to be available for around £25m – while Orlando City’s Facundo Torres is on their radar too.

Sky Sports are reporting that the Gunners have now made ‘initial contact’ with the Bundesliga side to discuss a potential deal this month, though are likely to find talks even more difficult than dealing with Shakhtar. Unlike the Ukrainian side, who were open to letting Mudryk leave if their valuation was met, Leverkusen have no intention of selling Moussa Diaby mid-season.

Although the 23-year-old has had a good individual season, the team have lost more games than they have won this year and are currently just four points above the drop. Given their potentially precarious position in the Bundesliga table, they cannot afford to lose their leading scorer, while they also face a testing Europa League play-off tie against Monaco.

Diaby had suitors in the summer and Leverkusen quoted interested clubs €100m (£88m), a price tag which will only have been reinforced by Mudryk’s move to Chelsea. Although Arsenal have funds available for reinforcements, they cannot stump up that much cash – with around £60m the maximum they could go to for Mudryk – and may therefore need to explore cheaper alternatives.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be able to secure the services of Moussa Diaby this month, but it is clear that the club is determined to strengthen their squad as they look to push for the Premier League title. With the transfer window set to close at the end of the month, time is running out for the Gunners to make a move.

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