Contact made: Arsenal eye “fearless” £52m-rated “demon”, he’d be higher than Raphinha – opinion

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Arsenal have made contact over a possible transfer for Moussa Diaby, in line with Sky Sports activities

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On a latest ‘Switch Discuss’ present, presenter Emma Paton supplied an replace on the Gunners’ pursuit of the Bayer Leverkusen star.

She stated:

“Only a fast replace to deliver you on a participant that we have been discussing on Switch Discuss just a little bit earlier. Arsenal have made preliminary contact with Bayer Leverkusen over Moussa Diaby.

“Now Leverkusen, we understand, do not want to sell mid-season. You might remember that the club were quoting around €100m (£88m) to interested clubs in the summer.”

Though tat is a way off CIES Soccer Observatory’s present valuation of €60m (£52m).

Higher than Raphinha

It appears as if the Gunners are already shifting on to Mykhaylo Mudryk alternate options with Diaby simply one among a number of comparable gamers mooted in latest days. One other rising title is a well-recognized one in former Leeds United phenom Raphinha.

However since his transfer to FC Barcelona in the summertime, issues haven’t gone to plan, making the French dynamo a significantly better prospect in making an prompt impression to Arsenal’s top-flight title cost.

While the Brazilian is confirmed within the Premier League, he has discovered sport time arduous to return by on the Nou Camp and it’s arduous to see him getting up to the mark fast sufficient to compete with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka for a beginning spot.

Diaby is outscoring and outperforming Raphinha in lots of key attacking features, starting from objective contributions (9 vs 4) to key passes (28 vs 23), by way of FBref.

Within the Bundesliga this time period, the 23-year-old – who European soccer skilled Alex Barker lauded as a “demon” – is Leverkusen’s finest performer by fairly some margin (7.13 score), the place he has averaged 1.9 key passes, 1,9 photographs and 1.3 dribbles per sport, by way of WhoScored, who additionally checklist his finest attributes as being creativity and ending.

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Such qualities might be of a serious enhance to Mikel Arteta within the absence of main frontman Gabriel Jesus, who gives the facet each of these issues in abundance, having averaged 1.6 key passes and 1.9 photographs per league outing.

With Raphinha mustering up solely 944 minutes throughout LaLiga and the Champions League this season after snubbing the Gunners for Barcelona in the summertime, sporting director Edu Gaspar ought to put his full focus onto the 5 foot 7 whiz – who has “electrifying pace” and is “fearless on the ball” in line with Chronicle editor Aaron Stokesas an alternative.

AND in different information, Arteta might land Vieira 2.0 in Arsenal swoop for £80m titan who’s a “force of nature”

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