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Arsenal contact attacking spark and remain among transfer favourites despite former club realising error

Moussa Diaby and Eliesse Ben Seghir

Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby and Monaco midfielder Eliesse Ben Seghir

Arsenal are one of the most likely clubs to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, according to a report in Germany.

Diaby has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal for a while, having been with Bayer Leverkusen since 2019. His contract with the Bundesliga club is only due to last until 2025, so he could be on the move this summer.

A recent report warned that rival suitors Newcastle might be ready to outbid Arsenal for Diaby. However, an update from Sport Bild has alleviated any Arsenal fears.

Indeed, it is now claimed that the Gunners are one of the favourites to sign Diaby this summer. The competition from Newcastle clearly hasn’t deterred them too much.

After all, Sport Bild has revealed that Arsenal are still in contact with Diaby after initially touching base a while back.

Bayer Leverkusen have accepted this year will be the ideal time to sell Diaby. However, they want to receive a transfer fee in the region of €60million (£53m).

By doing so, Bayer Leverkusen would be able to quadruple the investment they made when signing Diaby from his hometown club Paris Saint-Germain four years ago.

Arsenal must decide whether it would be worth paying that kind of price for Diaby, who has scored 13 goals from 38 appearances in all competitions this season, also providing nine assists.

Where would Moussa Diaby fit in?

The 23-year-old has mainly operated on the right wing, where Arsenal already have Bukayo Saka to rely on as a key player. Yet if backup option Reiss Nelson leaves in the summer, more depth might be important to find.

Diaby, who is left footed, can also play on the left wing or at centre-forward, so he could be useful to Arsenal in multiple ways.

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He has never played in the Premier League before, but does have experience in the Champions League, which is a competition Arsenal will more than likely be returning to next season.

Therefore, the France international could become a useful asset to Mikel Arteta as Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal broaden their horizons.

That said, the report from Sport Bild acknowledges that Newcastle are still in contention to sign Diaby too. They also have a chance of being in the Champions League next season, and arguably might have an even greater need for new players who have operated at that level already, despite all the progress their existing squad has made this term.

Interestingly, PSG could also consider taking Diaby back after previously giving him 34 appearances in their first team, from which he scored four times.

It seems he is ready for the next step, but there are a few different directions in which he could turn.

Diaby has admitted that he welcomes the interest in his services, yet he is focusing on the remainder of the season with Europa League quarter-finalists Bayer Leverkusen first.