Newcastle United are reportedly ‘interested’ in a club-record move for Moussa Diaby.
The Lowdown: Not for sale?
It has previously been reported that Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes has said that the 22-year-old is not for sale this summer.
However, it now looks like that may no longer be the case, with a further update on the player’s situation now emerging.
The Latest: Interest from Newcastle
Taking to Twitter, Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has revealed that Diaby is now ‘not unsellable’, with both Newcastle and PSG are ‘interested’ in his signature.
The reporter tweeted: “Update #Diaby: Leverkusen wants to keep him! But the player can imagine to make the next step. He is not unsellable. Bayer could be open for offers around €60-70m and more. But no offers so far. #NUFC and #PSG are interested.”
The Verdict: Get it done
Now that the door has seemingly opened for Newcastle to swoop, they need to get this deal done as soon as possible.
Of course, spending €60m-€70m (£51.6m-£60.2m) or more on a player would be a big risk, as it would comfortably surpass the club-record £40m fee that they paid for Joelinton in 2019.
Should Newcastle sign Diaby?
However, Diaby – who has been described as having a ‘supernatural, divine gift’ by Morade Djeddi, the president of his first club Esperance Paris 19e – would certainly be worth it.
He has been praised by German media for his ‘amazing’ dribbling, ‘irresistible’ pace and ‘astonishing’ speed of thought, and he was even dubbed ‘unstoppable’ after scoring one goal and setting up another in a thumping 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach last season (Bundesliga).
He and fellow Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin could form a truly mouth-watering partnership on the wings at St James’ Park.
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