Newcastle United interested in French star - but he’ll cost the Magpies an eye-watering £50m

Bayer Leverkusen have reportedly named their price for Newcastle United target Moussa Diaby.

Bayer Leverkusen have reportedly slapped a £50million price tag on Newcastle United target Moussa Diaby.

The 22-year-old winger is a player under consideration on Tyneside but the club’s transfer officials know how difficult it is to strike a deal.

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German outfit Leverkusen do not want to lose Diaby, with their hefty asking price clear evidence of that.

However, if a club is to meet his eye-watering £50m price tag - as reported by The Sun - then Leverkusen will reluctantly part ways.

It appears unlikely that Newcastle will complete a move for Diaby, unless both clubs can come to an agreement over the structure of the transfer fee.

Diaby’s former club Paris Saint-Germain are also showing interest and arguably stand a far greater chance of landing him should they launch a bid.

The eight-time capped France international started his career at PSG and made 34 senior appearances before being sold to Leverkusen in 2019.

“It’s nice to hear my name being linked to big clubs, but I’m focused on getting together to do good things here (with France),” Diaby told reporters in France earlier this month.

“Then we will see what happens but, right now, I’m not thinking about it too much.”

Diaby, under contract at Leverkusen until 2025, scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists last season to help Leverkusen qualify for the Champions League.