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Newcastle want Moussa Diaby – but Bayer Leverkusen believe that they can challenge the Bundesliga elite if they keep him moving forward.

Leverkusen finished third in the Bundesliga table this season, enjoying a decent first campaign under Gerardo Seoane.

That means Champions League football is guaranteed for next season and Leverkusen will be looking to kick on next term.

They would ideally want Diaby to be a part of those plans but keeping hold of him may not be that easy this summer.

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Newcastle want Moussa Diaby

Diaby was in sensational form this past season, racking up 17 goals and 14 assists in 42 appearances for Leverkusen across all competitions.

The winger has emerged as one of the top prospects in German football and now has five caps for France.

Diaby is understandably being linked with a huge summer transfer off the back of his exploits.

90Min claim that Newcastle United are showing the most interest but Arsenal and West Ham United are keen too.

It’s claimed that Newcastle are willing to shatter their transfer record to pay around £50million for Diaby, but Leverkusen want £60million – if they sell at all.

The report suggests that Leverkusen are in no rush to sell Diaby and ideally want him to stay.

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With no release clause in his contract, Leverkusen are in a pretty strong position.

It’s stated that Leverkusen believe that they can really challenge Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga table.

Leverkusen finished five points behind Dortmund and 13 behind Bayern, so there is some ground to be made up.

Yet if Leverkusen can keep players like Diaby, Patrik Schick and Edmond Tapsoba moving forward, they have every chance of bridging the gap.

That means Newcastle won’t find it easy to sign Diaby this summer, especially after the winger was brandished as ‘astonishing’ over in Germany.

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