Kevin Hatchard has claimed that Newcastle United transfer target and Bayer Leverkusen winger, Moussa Diaby, is ‘perfect’ for Arsenal.
The European expert added that Diaby has become a ‘really consistent performer’ in Germany, with Newcastle and Arsenal keen to sign him, as he told Sky Sports’ transfer show.
A big-name player has already swapped Bundesliga colours to join the Premier League in Erling Haaland – he netted a brace on his Premier League debut for Manchester City.W
Whilst Diaby isn’t on the level of Haaland, the France international did bits for Leverkusen last season and now that might be rewarded with a big-money move.
From his 32 league games last season, he scored 13 goals and supplied 12 assists, and netted four in the Europa League, with Leverkusen getting knocked out of the last-16 stages.
Nonetheless, with the rumours swirling around his head, Hatchard shared that there is a £59 million price-tag on the table for Diaby, but it might not be met.
Diaby had a brilliant season for Bayer Leverkusen last term,” said Hatchard. “It was the season where he jumped from good player to really consistent performer.
“Goals and assists. He’s exciting. Quick and tricky. Leverkusen have said all along that he’s not for sale and we want to keep him. They always say that, it’s just what they do.
“I have been told that a bid of around 70 million Euros (£59m) will have been enough. Newcastle were interested. But they didn’t want to hit that mark, that’s why they stepped away.
“Arsenal have been linked with him as well. He could do a perfectly good job for Arsenal. And it’s not long broken into the French squad. But he has said publicly ‘he wants to stay’, which suggests clubs have looked at him and said ‘we won’t meet that price tag.”
ARSENAL AND NEWCASTLE’S SUMMER
Both clubs started off the new Premier League season with wins – Arsenal made the short trip across London to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 last Friday night.
Whilst the Magpies welcomed newly-promoted Nottingham Forest to St James’ Park and beat them by the same scoreline.
The 2022 summer transfer window has gone very well for both and if it closed tomorrow, then their fans would be more than happy with the business they have conducted.
Saying that, added depth could also be useful and it seems as though that’s what Newcastle and Arsenal are fishing for ahead of the September 1 deadline.