The Lowdown: Diaby and Broja links
The chase for Diaby has been fairly well documented in recent weeks, with the Magpies identifying the Bayer Leverkusen winger as their number one target to reinforce the wide attacking position in Eddie Howe’s squad.
Broja has popped up as a target more recently after the Albania starlet was left out of Chelsea’s pre-season squad, with reports in recent days detailing interest from Tyneside, Everton and West Ham.
According to Wilson, Dan Ashworth and Co. have now set up a clever plan to secure both signings.
The Latest: Ashworth’s masterplan
The reporter writes on Twitter that ‘Newcastle want’ to secure a loan-to-buy deal for Broja, thus saving funds to put towards a deal for Diaby.
The France international is valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, has three years left on his contract at the BayArena and has Champions League football on offer with his current employers, so it’s fair to say Ashworth will need every penny he can get from the Magpies hierarchy in order to get a deal done.
According to Wilson, Newcastle are prepared to pay Chelsea’s loan demands in order to ‘divert more financial resources’ and lock up Diaby on a permanent deal.
The Verdict: Perfection
While there was plenty of excitement surrounding the arrival of Sven Botman, it’s fair to say this would be Ashworth’s finest work yet. Diaby ranked in the 91st percentile for non-penalty goals amongst attacking midfielders/wingers in Europe’s top five leagues last season, also hitting the 94th percentile for assists (FBRef).
Dubbed an ‘amazing player’ by Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig, the Frenchman would add the end product that his compatriot Allan Saint-Maximin has often lacked from the wing.
Broja meanwhile managed nine goals on loan at Southampton last term, a smart return for a player in his first full Premier League campaign, drawing praise for his ‘incredible pace and strength’ from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
Valued at nearly £20m by Transfermarkt, signing the Blues starlet permanently now would take a massive chunk out of the transfer kitty, so a loan-to-buy deal, delaying the big payments until 2023, could be seen as a true master-class from Ashworth and the owners.
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