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Real Madrid believe 14-goal French forward is exactly what their attack needs – report



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Over the past week or so, the chatter surrounding the future of Bayer Leverkusen forward Moussa Diaby has been growing, with links to Real Madrid doing the rounds.

The 23-year-old former PSG forward is enjoying a solid campaign in Germany, having managed to produce a return of 14 goals and 11 assists from 43 matches across all competitions.

And his performances have not escaped the attention of Real Madrid, who are in the market for attacking reinforcements.

Now, journalist Jose Felix Diaz, appearing on Ruben Martin’s Twitch channel, has claimed that Real Madrid believe that Diaby is exactly what their attacking unit needs before next season.

The Merengues lack a natural winger in their ranks apart from Vinicius Jr, with Rodrygo Goes more comfortable drifting inside from the right. As such, it has been identified that a new wide attacker who can score goals can be a smart investment.

And, Los Blancos believe that Diaby would fit the bill perfectly. The 23-year-old is a right-sided winger and can play on the left flank as well. He has displayed his goalscoring pedigree this season while his assist numbers are also quite impressive.

As such, a possible move for Diaby could gain weight at the Valdebebas.

It has been reported that a move for the Bayer Leverkusen attacker might not be possible if Eden Hazard does not leave. But, Jose Felix Diaz adds that it is not the case and the club could move for the Frenchman and in turn use that as a pressure tactic to convince Hazard to leave.

However, Diaby could end up costing in excess of £50 million and is also courting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. It could make things tricky for Real Madrid, who are already working on a huge outlay to sign Jude Bellingham.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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