Report: Newcastle make approach for 6 ft 3 brute dreaming of PL move, favours rival bid
Newcastle United and Leicester City are showing an interest in signing Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby this summer, according to AS.
Valencia have made Diakhaby available for a move away from the Mestalla as they strive to reinvent their backline following the arrival of manager Jose Bordalas. Los murcielagos believe now is time to part with the French enforcer after three unsteady campaigns.
Diakhaby has failed to show he can deliver commanding displays week in, week out since joining from Lyon in 2018. Valencia paid €15m (£13m) for his arrival but will now use any funds raised to sign a more astute replacement.
Valencia have told Diakhaby that they intend to sell him this summer and while he is happy at the club, the centre-half is not opposed to leaving. The former France U21 international would consider returning to Ligue 1, but it is his dream to play in England.
The Premier League is one of Diakhaby’s favourite leagues in Europe and could now see Newcastle or Leicester grant his wish. Both have told Valencia of their interest in the 24-year-old and requested further information on his situation.
Diakhaby would favour a move to Leicester if both offers are on the table. But the 6 ft 3 brute is aware he would gain more opportunities and play a leading role at Newcastle.
He would also like his future to be sorted before pre-season training begins to settle at his new side. The Foxes and Toon will likely not be the only clubs to approach Valencia, however.
TBR’s view: Newcastle should steer clear of Diakhaby
Newcastle should steer clear of signing Diakhaby as the Valencia defender would not offer Steve Bruce the upgrade he desires. The French enforcer only featured 26 times in La Liga last season after Javi Gracia dropped him due to his performances between injuries.
Diakhaby produced a raft of considerable and avoidable mistakes bordering on the unacceptable at times in 2020/21. His errors opened doors for others to come in and impress, and convinced Valencia to move on.
He also only helped to four clean sheets over his 21 La Liga outings having struggled to be a strong ball-winning centre-back. With Leicester also keen, Newcastle may face a hefty asking price for a player with limited upside in Diakhaby.
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