Newcastle want to add Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby to their attack next season and have made enquiries over a deal for the France international.
Diaby, 22, is high on the list of transfer targets for Eddie Howe this summer after three seasons with Leverkusen where he has helped his club qualify for the Champions League and been called up for his country.
Leverkusen are not expected to allow Diaby to leave cheaply and his market value places him well above the £40 million bracket of players. He has a long-term contract at BayArena, until 2025, meaning his club can negotiate a substantial fee.
But he would still represent good value for Newcastle as they look to lower the age profile of their signings. After arriving in Bundesliga in 2019 as a teenager, he has swiftly established himself as a key player for Leverkusen.
Diaby has scored 15 goals in 31 appearances this season so Newcastle stepping up their interest is no surprise but they are wary of increased competition and Leverkusen’s asking price.
Newcastle are understood to be willing to offer around £50m for the France international but Leverkusen are reputed to value him closer to £75m they received from Chelsea for Kai Havertz in 2020.