Arsenal got off to the perfect start in the Premier League after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday night.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has given the green light for Arsenal to pursue a £60million deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby.
The ɢυппeгѕ started their Premier League season with an impressive win away at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, with new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko playing a key role in the opening goal. Zinchenko became Arsenal’s fifth summer signing last month, joining Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos in moving to the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Mikel Arteta has made it no secret that he wants to add more players to his squad before the transfer deadline, with a central midfielder and winger thought to be on the agenda for technical director Edu. football.london understands Arsenal are interested in Dutch talent Cody Gakpo, but Kroenke is said to have approved a move for Diaby instead.
According to Football Insider, Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Diaby with Arteta keen to add the France international to his аttасkıпɢ options. The ɢυппeгѕ have registered their interest as they look to complete one or two more deals before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
Leverkusen are believed to value the 23-year-old at around £60million which could prove to be a potential stumbling block for the ɢυппeгѕ if they look to wrap up a deal for Diaby. Another issue facing Arsenal is the fact they cannot offer Champions League football after missing out on a top four spot at the end of last season.
Diaby recently spoke out on his future and said: “I’ve made my decision and will play for Bayer Leverkusen again next season.” The French forward rejected Newcastle’s approach earlier in the transfer window in favour of remaining in the Bundesliga, with Leverkusen set to feature in this season’s Champions League competition.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the win over Palace, Arteta discussed Arsenal’s transfer strategy heading into the final few weeks of the transfer window. The Spaniard said: “We are going to try. There are still things we planned, if we could do them it would be great.”