Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby topped Newcastle’s wishlist over the summer. An initial inquiry resulted in a quote of £50-60m which forced Newcastle to look for another wide player; a search that will continue in the winter window.
Diaby seemed happy enough to stay at the BayArena in the summer. The club was back in the Champions League after finishing third in the Bundesliga under first-year manager Gerardo Seoane. The Swiss joined last summer after winning a domestic double with Young Boys.
This season started with a shocking early exit in a domestic cup at the hands of Elversberg from Germany’s third tier. The dreadful start continued as Leverkusen lost the first four of five in the league.
After losing at Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday, Seouane has been sacked with former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso taking the helm.
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) October 5, 2022
Leverkusen currently sit in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga and are third in Group B in the Champions League. It is up to Alonso to get the club back on the right track and the best out of their stars Diaby and striker Patrick Schick.
If current trends don’t turn around by January, Leverkusen and Diaby may be more open to negotiating a move to Tyneside. The asking price is likely to have dropped with the Frenchman providing just 1 goal and 2 assists across all competitions.
His stock may have hit its zenith after last season’s return of 14 goals and 17 assists. Next summer he’ll enter the final two years of his contract. At some point over the next two windows, Newcastle may have better luck in landing the dynamic 23-year-old.