Arsenal’s £86m Antony transfer response can switch Edu’s intentions to ideal France star deal

Arsenal will have to match the deal price with Manchester United’s Antony to sign Mhykayo Mudryk, meaning Edu must target Moussa Diaby

Arsenal have run short in the big areas entering the season after the summer market closes. Nicolas Pepe was allowed to leave the club on loan to join OGC Nice, but it was not possible to sign a replacement.

One player the club would be looking to sign in the summer transfer window was Mykhaylo Mudryk. But given how late at the window the Gunners seemed to register interest in him, a deal seemed very difficult to conclude.

The Ukrainian has been linked with a January move to London’s north side, but the new price for him certainly puts a deal in jeopardy. That’s why Edu needs to look for alternatives and one of them is Moussa Diaby, from Bayer Leverkusen.

Amid the recent interest in Mudryk, Shakhtar Donetsk’s deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini spoke about a possible deal with Calciomercato. He said: “Arsenal and Manchester City are two teams that have taken an interest, but there are other clubs as well.

“We value Mudryk more than Manchester United’s Antony, who cost €100m (£86m).”

Mudryk’s value would certainly have increased after undergoing an impressive campaign in the Champions League group stage, where he led his team to a possible progression to the knockout stages if Shakhtar beat RB Leipzig in the final group stage match. .

However, he is not the only player Arsenal could exploit and who has impressed in Europe’s elite competition this season. Diaby is another winger who has shown his worth in the Champions League this campaign.

The Frenchman has scored two goals in Europe this season. His most recent goal against European powerhouses Atletico Madrid proved to be pivotal as it kept Bayer Leverkusen’s hopes of staying in Europe alive until the final round.

At the start of last season, SportBILD reported that Arsenal had identified Diaby as the player who could be the ideal replacement for Pepe. Bayer Leverkusen reportedly asked €100m (£84m) for the French international. BILD added that if Diaby were to force a move elsewhere, the figure could drop to €75m (£63m).

The 22-year-old had a strong season last season, scoring 17 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions. He would certainly be a quality signing for Arsenal and the complications surrounding the Mudryk deal mean Diaby would be an ideal alternative.

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