Arsenal in talks over stunning Moussa Diaby deal: report

Arsenal target Moussa Diaby celebrates a goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Bayer Leverkusen and Arminia Bielefeld in Leverkusen, western Germany on February 26, 2022
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Arsenal are chasing Moussa Diaby, having opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal.

The Gunners missed out on Mykhailo Mudryk, their top priority for the January transfer window when they were gazumped by Chelsea for the Ukrainian. The Blues shelled out a reportedly £88m, including add-ons, leaving Mikel Arteta and co. going back to the drawing board.

The likes of Raphinha, Rafael Leao and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia have been touted – though signing a player midseason will be costly. Despite this, Leverkusen's Diaby has emerged as a target who could feasibly be tempted this month. 

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2023 in London, England.

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time at Stamford Bridge (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Sky Sports (opens in new tab) have reported that the Gunners have made initial contact over a deal for Diaby, having looked at signing him last summer. CBS Sports (opens in new tab) journalist Ben Jacobs (opens in new tab) has tweeted (opens in new tab), "Bayer Leverkusen don't want to sell mid-season. That means a high fee is being quoted. As with Barcelona and Raphinha, Mykhaylo Mudryk's transfer to [Chelsea] is being used as a yardstick."

"That doesn't mean either Leverkusen or Barcelona genuinely value either player that high. But it's a way of pricing each out the market for now. Diaby doesn't have a release clause and quoting this high (like West Ham did with Declan Rice last summer) helps fend off suitors."

While some have wrongly claimed that Leverkusen value Diaby at just £57m, their actual valuation is more likely to be worth £80m or more following some high profile deals for wingers on the market. 

While the Gunners have a number of high-profile targets in the crosshairs, according to Football Insider (opens in new tab), £25m-rated Leandro Trossard of Brighton is not one of them.

Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion celebrates scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on August 21, 2022 in London, England.

Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion is not on Arsenal's wishlist (Image credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

A left-footed winger capable of operating on either flank, Diaby has played most often on the right in the Bundesliga this season but is capable of slotting in on the left, too. This would alleviate some of the pressure on the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to carry the side out wide, with a quality back-up for either. 

Diaby is valued at €50m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Arsenal are considering re-signing Yunus Musah, while Cody Gakpo was an option, too – Joao Felix emerged as a potential superstar signing at the Emirates Stadium, too.

Mikel Arteta has admitted the Gunners are looking for new signings, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic having been linked

Gabriel Martinelli's contract situation is being watched by Barcelona, meanwhile.

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