Arsenal are working on a sensational late-window deal for Bayer Leverkusen attacker Moussa Diaby, sources have told Football Insider.
The London giants’ owner Stan Kroenke has given the green light to the club pursuing Diaby ahead of the 31 August cut-off.
Arsenal have registered their interest in the France international, 23, as they look to seal a deal they believe will “complete” their attack.
It is believed Leverkusen value Diaby at the £60million mark.
Arsenal do not want to pay that much for the Frenchman but are willing to push the boat out in order to secure an agreement.
Kroenke and the club’s chiefs have been hugely encouraged by the team’s development under Mikel Arteta, and gave the go-ahead to pursuing Diaby even before Friday night’s 2-0 Premier League opener win over Crystal Palace.
Arsenal have already sealed one marquee signing this summer with the £45m capture of Gabriel Jesus from Man City.
Diaby is a left-footed wide forward who can operate on both flanks, although at Leverkusen he now predominantly plays on the right side cutting in on to his stronger foot.
He was outstanding for the German club last season, with his 42 matches in all competitions yielding 17 goals and 14 assists.
Diaby joined Leverkusen from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019.
He has played 125 times for the German club, scoring 35 goals and supplying 38 assists.