Arsenal gifted clear path to sign Nicolas Pepe replacement as Newcastle ‘abandon’ £60m transfer

Ongoing links to Oleksandr Zinchenko, Lucas Paqueta and Youri Tielemans are very exciting, so exciting that it’s easy to forget that a new winger could be joining the club too.

It remains to be seen who that winger will be, that’s if there ends up being one, but Nicolas Pepe looks set for a move away, and Bukayo Saka will be in need of support.

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The pursuit of Raphinha is the strongest hint yet that Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his frontline even further this summer after the additions of Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos, but the unsuccessful attempt to sign the Brazilian means much uncertainty remains.
However, one obvious candidate remains available, and it’s all thanks to a fellow Premier League side. According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United have ‘abandoned’ their move to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby after failing to find an agreement over a fee.

The report states that Newcastle were hoping to make a breakthrough on deals for Diaby or Alexander Isak this week, but a lack of progress has left the club’s confidence ‘drained’. It’s added that Leverkusen wants a £60m asking price to be paid upfront, while the player would be demanding in excess of £110,000 a week.