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Newcastle transfer news: Toon to offer £35m for Leverkusen star Diaby as Saint-Maximin fears grow

Moussa Diaby, Bayer Leverkusen winger, celebrates a goal during Bundesliga match against Arminia Bielefeld

Newcastle United are reportedly ready to offer £35million to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby, as doubts continue to rise over the future of star winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

The pacy forward is being tipped to join either Chelsea or Tottenham this summer as he eyes a salary increase after impressing again last season in a mixed campaign for the Magpies.

Saint-Maximin only signed a new six-year deal with the club in October 2020. However, he is said to be unhappy with the current wage structure in place at St James’ Park.

That has prompted speculation that he could leave, with London pair Chelsea and Spurs both monitoring the situation.

And given those concerns, Newcastle are looking at an alternative in the shape of Diaby.

According to Sport1, Eddie Howe’s men are readying an offer of £35m to tempt Leverkusen into a sale.

The report adds that while Diaby is open to leaving Germany, a switch to Tyneside may not be his first choice.

There is also the small matter of the fee, with Leverkusen wanting nearer to £50m for one of their top assets.

Indeed, the club’s director of sport Simon Rolfes suggests any offers would actually be knocked back.

Leverkusen sticking to their guns

Speaking about Diaby’s future and whether he could be leaving, Rolfes told Express Sport: “No, no. For sure we want to keep Moussa for as long as possible. I know a lot of scouts have been sitting on our tribune during our matches. It’s because we have a lot of interesting, exciting young players with high potential.

“So, it’s the same with Patrik Schick. We do not have any offers for him but we are not even looking for that at the moment. We would like to keep him and play with him next year in the Champions League.”

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Diaby himself also hinted at a move to PSG, if he was sold, adding: “Paris is my training club. It’s the club that taught me everything. I do not rule out a return.

“If PSG is brought to contact me, I will think about it as for any other club but yes, inevitably the upcoming World Cup will be a factor for the transfer window. It will be a difficult choice but for the moment I am focused on the France team and I will settle down afterwards with my family and my agents.”

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