KEY POINTS

  • Gunners are inquiring about Moussa Diaby
  • Diaby may not come cheap for Gunners
  • Arsenal is busy figuring out players who will stay or go

Mikel Arteta has been known to invest heavily in youth and it appears there is another player that could be coming over. Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen has drawn heavy interest from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, hinting a transfer may go down this summer.

According to Le 10 Sport, the two teams have made inquiries on the 20-year-old winger. However, there could be a stumbling block along the way. It appears Die Werkself is not too keen on letting Diaby go. There is a chance that the Bundesliga outfit could raise their asking price to as much as $33.5 million to spurn interest on the French football player.

If the asking fee for Diaby does go up, the Gunners may have to cool their interest on the French winger. The gunners have been linked to several names lately with Arteta trying to retain and identify key positions heading into the next transfer window.

Just recently, Arsenal was mentioned as one of the teams in pursuit of Alassane Plea. The asking price for the 27-year-old may range between $38 to $43 million. Aside from him, there is also Raul Jimenez of the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The asking transfer fee for the Mexican is $41 million.

When compared, the $33.5 million asking fees of Bayer 04 Leverkusen looms as the lowest of them all. Aside from that, he is only 20 and someone Arteta can help evolve. But the key thing here is that his current team could raise that amount to bigger numbers. Figures are a key factor right now on transfers with teams trying to work on limited budgets.

Arsenal is expected to see some players go, something that could help them curb down expenses. One player possibly moving out is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. To date, he has not signed any extension with the Gunners. Aubameyang is seeking a long-term deal.

But in the eyes of some, Aubameyang could be better off playing for another team. Already 30, legendary Gunners striker Ian Wright believes that the French captain cannot be faulted if he were to move out. The Gunners are in a transitional phase right now and time is essential for Aubameyang.

The good news is that Aubameyang is seeking a long-term deal. It is the same case with Willian and Olivier Giroud. Arteta mentioned in another post that he will skim through these players' contracts. The only question now is who will he retain or release.

Arsenal interest - Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta Arsenal interest - Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta Photo: AFP / Lindsey Parnaby