Arsenal are making concerted efforts to sign Moussa Diaby, with Bayer Leverkusen demanding around €75 million for their flying winger.
THE LOWDOWN: BRILLIANT SEASON
The 22-year-old is enjoying a brilliant season at the talented German outfit, already amassing 16 goals and 13 assists across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
At the start of the campaign, he was praised by the media for his “amazing” dribbling, “irresistible” pace and “astonishing” speed of thought, while he was also hailed as “unstoppable” after scoring one goal and setting up another in a crushing 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga).
Last season, the electric Frenchman managed ten goals and 15 assists in 43 appearances, and the consistency in his displays has attracted sizeable attention from Premier League clubs, most recently Arsenal.
THE LATEST: SERIOUS EFFORTS
According to Sport Bild‘s magazine edition (via Sport Witness), the north London club are interested in signing Moussa Diaby in the summer, with the Gunners making some serious efforts to bring him to the capital.
The report goes on to state that Bayer Leverkusen do not want to sell the forward for anything less than €75m (£63.3m), which could come as a concern to the north Londoners in the next window.
Diaby’s contract runs until 2025 and he doesn’t have a release clause, hence his club’s significant valuation.
THE VERDICT: BREAK THE BANK
Despite his reported huge price tag, the £49.5m-rated speedster could well be worth every penny.
It is amazing to think that he is still only 22 years of age; and already capped by France, holding the potential to become one of the best forwards in the world.
Any player who goes on to record double figures for goals and assists within Europe’s top five leagues is sure to become one of the continent’s most hottest and exciting players, and the Paris-born star is certainly on that list.
Aside from needing new strikers, Mikel Arteta will also need strength in depth in wide areas to challenge for silverware next season.
The £48k-per-week star usually plays on the left-wing, though he can also feature on the right and even as a second striker, and could provide invaluable versatility and flexibility to the Gunners’ exciting young attacking weaponry.
He has consistently produced goals and assists at the highest level throughout his career despite playing out wide, doing so for former club Paris Saint-Germain as well as Leverkusen, and the prospect of him playing alongside the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli is simply a mouth-watering prospect for the Emirates faithful.
Arteta should indeed break the bank for Diaby.
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