Newcastle had identified Moussa Diaby as a priority target soon after the season ended in May. However, interest soon cooled after learning about Leverkusen’s valuation of their star winger.
The Sun is reporting that Newcastle were quoted £50m which forced them to quickly drop the subject. They have since been linked with alternatives such as Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, and Leeds’ Jack Harrison.
Newcastle haven’t made an approach for another wide forward as the focus continues to be on Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman. Those two sagas are heading into yet another pivotal week.
Ismaila Sarr underperformed this past season as Watford dropped back into the Championship. The Hornets still want around £30m for the Senegal international. There is little chance Newcastle will part with that much for the inconsistent winger.
Jack Harrison is an intriguing option as he has proven he can put the ball into the back of the net. However, The Athletic claims Leeds manager Jesse Marsch rates Harrison highly and will only consider bids too large to turn down.
Harrison has just two years left on his contract. A decent offer could put pressure on Leeds if the 25-year-old fancies a move to St. James’ Park. He would be a decent signing but only for a reasonable fee.
Leandro Trossard is entering the final year of his contract with Brighton. Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with the Belgian. His contract situation should lessen his price tag but the competition will be stiff for his signature.
Moussa Diaby is a player who could be worth every bit of £50m. Newcastle have to work within a strict budget of around £80-100m. Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman would take up a large chunk of that should they be signed.
A player like Diaby, who is now being courted by his former club PSG, is a rare talent that would instantly transform Newcastle. It could be worth signing just four players this summer if he is one of them – Matt Targett, Sven Botman, Hugo Ekitike, and Moussa Diaby.