Arsenal and Newcastle are expected to be involved in a financial battle during the summer transfer window. English clubs want to make Bayer Leverkusen's talent Moussa Diaby their own. The latter has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Emirates, but it seems that Newcastle have recently joined the race for his card.
Since the arrival of new owners at the club, Newcastle have significantly increased their financial potential and investment in the market, with Alexander Isak, Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman being some of the most prominent names among the new arrivals. The club is expected to be active in the next market as well, and it seems that winger Diaby is one of the main targets.
According to the prestigious 90min, Bayer Leverkusen values the Frenchman's card at 62 million pounds, a more affordable figure for Newcastle, but also for Arsenal. English media reports that Newcastle have also targeted the defender of Bayer Leverkusen, Mitchell Bakker.
Meanwhile, regarding Diaby, the Frenchman has been one of the most important players for Bayer Leverkusen in recent years. This season, the attacker managed to score 12 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions. The sporting director of the German club, Simon Rolfes, has stated that Bayer Leverkusen wants Moussa Diaby to be part of the team, as much as possible. Rolfes said:
"When I look at Moussa Diaby and compare how he was in front of goal when he came to Leverkusen 3 years ago, and how he is now, it is no coincidence that he scores more goals. You can see it in training. He works hard for shots. He has missed many chances to score before, even in training, but now it is a different story... Of course, we want to keep Moussa as long as possible. I know a lot of agents are sitting in our stands during the games, as we have a lot of interesting young players with high potential."