Arsenal retain an interest in Moussa Diaby and are in contact with the winger’s entourage ahead of a possible summer move.

Christian Falk has told Caught Offside that Arsenal retain an interest in 23-year-old French winger Moussa Diaby. The Bayer Leverkusen star is one of their many players expected to attract attention. The Gunners are reportedly in contact ahead of the next window.

Arsenal are keen on signing a new wide forward in the summer as Mikel Arteta eyes attacking reinforcements. Having overseen a decently successful January transfer window, which has helped them in their title push, the manager wants certain options to bolster his side.

Arteta has had his eye on a new wide forward since last summer. Despite suffering defeat in the chase for Mykhailo Mudryk in January, Arsenal swiftly signed Leandro Trossard, who has looked bright since his arrival. The Gunners might feel the left side is strong with the Belgian’s addition. But they lack cover for Bukayo Saka on the right.

While Saka has nailed down the right-wing spot, the England international could still learn and evolve in a different role. Either way, Arsenal need competition for the 21-year-old and have searched for options. The problem lies with convincing any potential arrival to challenge Saka for a place in the team.

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A few could genuinely challenge Saka for his spot, and one of those is Moussa Diaby. Like the Englishman, the 23-year-old French winger has had a fantastic last two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen. He has scored 11 goals this season but was unfortunate not to make the France World Cup squad. He has a market value of €50 million, something that falls within range of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal.

Newcastle United were previously interested in the 23-year-old French winger. But Arsenal may have the lead in the chase. Journalist Christian Falk insists the Gunners retain an interest despite not approaching in January when they needed a wide forward.

Falk said, “Arsenal still have an interest in Diaby. The Bayer Leverkusen star’s agents are in contact with the club. However, it’s worth noting that the Gunners are also interested in Dortmund’s Julian Brandt. The club has yet to make a final decision on that front.”

Arsenal are interested in Julian Brandt, with the German attacker possibly available at a better price in the summer. Falk’s comments seem like the Gunners could switch their interest towards an out-and-out winger rather than the Dortmund star.

Diaby fits the player’s profile, which Arteta requires in the wide position. The 23-year-old French winger is direct with his approach and has good statistics with his goalscoring numbers. For now, the Gunners could maintain contact and look to make an official approach for next summer.

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