Man United ‘keep tabs on Moussa Diaby at Bayer Leverkusen’ in a bid to fend off Newcastle interest
Man United ‘monitor Moussa Diaby’s situation at Bayer Leverkusen’ in a bid to fend off Newcastle interest… but the move ‘depends on the club’s ownership’ with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim fighting for the keys to Old Trafford
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby in an effort to lure the Frenchman to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports.
Diaby has been Xabi Alonso’s star man with 14 goals and 11 assists across all competitions this campaign and has riveted the gaze of several top-flight European clubs ahead of the summer window.
Bayer reportedly want upwards of £70million for the French international, whose contract expires in 2025.
Newcastle are also interested in Diaby following their successful campaign in the Premier League, having secured Champions League qualification for next season under Eddie Howe.
With Leverkusen set for the Europa Conference League at best next term, Diaby could be keen to pursue a new chapter with a Champions League outfit.
Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Moussa Diaby’s situation at Bayer Leverkusen
Sheik Jassim (left) and Sir Jim Ratcliffe (right) are in a bidding war to take over the Red Devils
Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils can book their place in Europe’s most prestigious tournament next campaign with a win over Brighton on Wednesday.
Manchester United’s pursuit of the winger will depend on the club’s ownership, according to Sky Sports, with the Glazer family in the process of selling to either Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani or British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Ratcliffe, whose company INEOS took over Nice since 2019, was believed to be in the driving seat to land Manchester United, but takeover uncertainty has continued to linger on at Old Trafford in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, it is understood Newcastle’s attempts to lure Diaby to St James’ Park have not advanced in recent months.
Manchester United have also been linked with Napoli centre-half Kim Min-jae ahead of the summer window and are continuing to plot a move for Tottenham ace Harry Kane, who took his tally to 28 Premier League goals against Brentford last weekend.
Manchester United have also been linked with a summer move for Napoli defender Kim Min-jae
Bayer Leverkusen believe Manchester United and Newcastle target Diaby is worth up to £70m
Juventus hitman Dusan Vlahovic and Serie A top scorer Victor Osimhen are also being targeted in deals worth £80m and £130m respectively.
United are also interested in Brighton teenager Evan Ferguson, who is being lined up as a potential star for the future.
The Red Devils will hope to rival champions Manchester City to the Premier League crown next season and feel Diaby, alongside a handful of additions elsewhere, could be enough to secure more silverware.
Ten Hag’s side will take on their local rivals in the FA Cup final next week and could end the Dutchman’s first season in England with two domestic trophies, having won the Carabao Cup in February.