Arsenal, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain are the front-runners to land Bayer Leverkusen speedster Moussa Diaby in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Germany.
Diaby actually played for Les Parisiens between 2013 and 2019, managing just 34 first-team appearances during that time.
After failing to establish himself in the French capital, the 23-year-old joined Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for €15 million, and has been very impressive in Germany, currently enjoying another fine campaign, netting 13 goals and providing nine assists in 38 matches across all competitions despite his side enduring a slow start to the season.
PSG have been linked with their former star for quite a while and obviously have the riches at their disposal should they wish to re-sign him.
Arsenal and Newcastle are also said to be interested in acquiring Diaby, who have been heavily linked with both clubs over the previous two years.
The Magpies were strongly linked in the winter transfer window and ended up signing Anthony Gordon from Everton for around £45m.
Their interest in Diaby remains, however, and are being tipped to make another attempt when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
Despite signing Leandro Trossard in January, Arsenal is still interested in the French international. Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his squad as the Gunners prepare to return to the Champions League.
Diaby’s sale has been discussed inside the club, with the German outfit aware that he might fetch well over €50 million this summer.
“It’s fun when many clubs are interested in you,” Diaby said this week. “But, I’m concentrating on my season in Leverkusen. It is important to me to make progress.”
Last month, German transfer Christian Falk stated that the clever attacker may leave Leverkusen this summer, with Arsenal showing an interest.
Falk wrote for CaughtOffside, “I’ve today (March 10) been in Leverkusen to meet Rudi Voller and Florian Wirtz, who is a target of many clubs in Europe, but has decided to stay in Leverkusen minimum until 2024 for the European Championship.
“When I entered the lift in Leverkusen’s Club Center, Simon Rolfes, Leverkusen’s sporting director, was already in. He told me that he saw the many rumours about Premier League interest in six players of his, several of which I wrote about in my last column.
“He joked that he now has a lot of work to do because of that. One player in this column was: Moussa Diaby. Arsenal still have an interest in Diaby. The Bayer Leverkusen star’s agents are in contact with the club.”