Manchester United rival Newcastle United in Moussa Diaby pursuit

Manchester United are in the race for Moussa Diaby and ready to rival Newcastle United in the hunt for the French winger.

According to Florian Plettenberg, Manchester United could rival Newcastle United in the chase for Moussa Diaby. Bayer Leverkusen could consider offers for the €70-80 million-rated attacker, provided his asking price is met by those interested from the Premier League.

Manchester United are making essential plans to bring key stars into their setup. Erik ten Hag will begin an inquest into some of the shortcomings this season, which they could yet salvage with the FA Cup and returning to the Champions League.

They are the current favourites ahead of Liverpool to achieve the latter, as they only need a point from their two remaining games. Beyond that, Ten Hag will seriously look at the club’s plans and bring key players that would plug the gaps in a few essential positions of their squad.

Ten Hag might bring a new winger to bolster the attack from the wide areas. Neymar was mentioned as a target recently, but such ambitions may prove unrealistic financially. Ten Hag has consistently brought in young attackers and remains keen to nurture a young group of players in his squad.

For instance, Alejandro Garnacho and Antony are considered important parts of the attacking setup alongside Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. However, Ten Hag might look to bring in another wide attacker, with Moussa Diaby a likely target for Manchester United.

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso considers the €70-80 million-rated attacker very important to his plans. Yet, if an offer comes in from the Premier League close to their valuations, the German side may not stop the winger from leaving. For now, Diaby has a few high-profile suitors from England.

Manchester United are reportedly waiting to understand their situation before they commit to huge sums for players. The €70-80 million-rated Leverkusen attacker falls in that category, but the Red Devils must swiftly decide before their rivals swoop in.

Arsenal have a big interest in Diaby, but Newcastle United are keeping constant tabs on the attacker. The Magpies have the financial muscle to complete major deals, and they might consider bringing in the €70-80 million-rated attacker as a marquee signing.

With both teams likely to play in the Champions League in addition to Arsenal, Diaby will consider all three before making a firm decision. As for Eddie Howe, he wants to bring in a wide attacker to improve the performance in the final third.

A battle could ensue between Manchester United and Newcastle United, maybe even Arsenal. The price may seem too high for these clubs for now, something they might look to negotiate with Leverkusen to bring in down.

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