Arsenal ‘inquire about Diaby’

Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Moussa Diaby about a move to The Emirates, according to reports. 

The French youngster has had a fantastic first campaign in Germany after signing from PSG last summer.

Le 10 Sport claim that the Gunners are one of a number of clubs chasing his signature.

As is now common knowledge, clubs are not expected to spend big this summer, due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

That means a move for Diaby would be difficult in the immediate future.

It seems like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may leave, however, so that could generate funds for Mikel Arteta’s men.

The North Londoners may look at a swap deal, like many throughout Europe are expected to do.

A worthwhile investment

The 20-year-old has scored five and assisted seven in 28 games this season.

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He is left-footed and plays predominantly on the left-wing. He can also play off the right and in the number 10 role.

Diaby is a strong dribbler, with a low centre of gravity at 5 foot 7. He is also a very good passer, playing 1.2 key passes per game, according to Who Scored.

The PSG youth product has six caps for the France under 21 side.

He has shone in Peter Bosz’s Leverkusen side, which is truly an all-out attacking team. The 1-4 thrashing of Werder Bremen on their return to Bundesliga action is proof of this.

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When looking to sign a Leverkusen player, this must be taken into account.

Playing such an attacking system often means that individual performance is essentially supercharged. Diaby may not have the same output in a more structured side.

Yet he must be seen as a risk worth taking, especially if he only costs the reported €30 million.

If Nicolas Pepe could recover the form that led to his £72 million move to England, he and Diaby would form a fantastic wing duo for years to come.

Add striking prospect Gabriel Martinelli to the mix, and Arsenal’s front three could be sorted for the next half decade at least.

A PSG product

As mentioned, Diaby came up through the ranks at French giants PSG.

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PSG’s squad is packed with world-class talent, so the path to stardom is blocked for academy prospects.

Diaby joined the likes of Christopher Nkunku and Dan-Axel Zagadou in swapping Paris for Germany in search of first-team football.

All three have shown their immense ability for Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

The likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Odsonne Edouard and Boubakry Soumare are other former PSG youngsters flourishing elsewhere.

The success of these shows the high-quality development that is taking place at the PSG academy.

It is seemingly clear that Moussa Diaby is one of countless others whose decision to leave was a good one.

Perhaps it is time for him to take the next step.

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