Mikel Arteta is reportedly ready to make a serious play to bring Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby to Arsenal this summer, after two conditions over the potential transfer emerged.
The Gunners are enjoying a successful season under Arteta. Having signed a raft of young talent last summer, their approach is paying dividends with Arsenal currently well placed to bring Champions League football back to the club. Indeed, with four games left, Arsenal are fourth in the table with a two-point buffer to fifth-placed Tottenham.
Arsenal will soon know whether their quest to return to the top table of European competition is successful. Critical games against Leeds on Sunday and at Tottenham on Thursday will go a long way to deciding their fate.
And should the Gunners achieve their goal, Arteta and Edu will be afforded another big budget to strengthen their squad.
Part of their thinking will evolve around the strengthening of their defensive options. to that end, we recently revealed how William Saliba is ready to return to Emirates Stadium this summer to fight for his place.
Furthermore, the Gunners may also be boosted by a familiar face this summer too, with Hector Bellerin likely to return to the fold.
The biggest changes though will come in the attack. Arsenal are still trying to persuade Eddie Nketiah to stay, though a move away – most likely to Crystal Palace – looks the likely outcome.
And with Alexandre Lacazette also likely to move on, there will be signings made to bolster the attack.
Arteta is also looking to add more goals to his side from the wing.
Two conditions for winger’s transfer
To that end, reports in Germany claim Arsenal are making ‘very serious efforts’ to persuade Bayer Leverkusen to sell Diaby.
The France winger is a man in demand, having scored 16 goals this season, weighing in with 13 assists from 40 wins. That record of a goal involvement every 1.3 matches makes him a man in demand.
SportsBILD, though, claims Leverkusen are reluctant to sell. However, the article states a deal may yet be done upon two conditions.
Firstly, Arsenal will have to meet Bayer’s £63.2m asking price. And secondly, they will only hold negotiations over his sale if the player informs the Bundesliga side he wants to make the move.
The paper states that if Diaby looks to try and force the transfer, then Leverkusen will be ‘willing to talk’ to Arsenal over a possible deal.
Contracted to 2025 and still only 22 years of age, the article is adamant that Bayer will not lower their demands further.
The article concludes that Arsenal’s hopes of the transfer rest entirely on securing Champions League football. Firstly and most obviously, that will ensure they have the funds to secure such a deal.
Secondly, that will also need to be a bare minimum too to persuade Diaby. Leverkusen are currently third in the Bundesliga and look well on course to secure Champions League football of their own.
Moussa Diaby would provide another excellent signing
Arteta and Edu have proven they can be trusted when it comes to spending lavish sums at Arsenal.
And the capture of a player like Diaby would help take the Gunners to the next level. Indeed, his is the sort of quality signing they need. Arteta will want to make an impression in the Champions League. But he will also want to retain their status there via the Premier League the season after.
Diaby also fits Arteta’s mold of a talented, hungry young star.
Capped five times by France, Diaby is a player getting better each and every season. His tally of 29 goal involvements is already higher than the 10 goals and 15 assists last season.
And those impressive numbers would surely make him a shrewd investment for Arsenal.
The transfer of Nicolas Pepe for a similarly-high fee has not paid dividends for the Gunners.
The former Lille man has been in and out of Arteta’s side. And he would surely not be missed if a player of Diaby’s quality was brought in as a replacement.
Meanwhile, Jamie O’Hara reckons the whole thing is something of a moot point with Arsenal destined to miss out on fourth.