Arsenal could save themselves millions in the summer transfer window if manager Mikel Arteta looks to their famed Hale End academy for the Gunners’ next star…
What’s the latest on Moussa Diaby to Arsenal?
The north London outfit have regularly been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen dynamo Moussa Diaby, with their latest interest being in the recent January transfer window.
According to reports, the Bundesliga side would only let the French winger leave for a whopping fee north of £88m – the same as in the summer, which would eclipse the £72m they paid Lille for Nicolas Pepe in 2019.
Leverkusen’s thinking could change in the summer as it’s not halfway through the season, though under contract until 2025, he still wouldn’t come cheap with FootballTransfers estimating his current worth to be around €6o.7m (£53.5m).
Should Cozier-Duberry be in the first-team?
Who is Amario Cozier-Duberry?
It’s no secret that Arteta’s squad depth is still lacking, even despite the winter additions of Jorginho, Jakub Kiwior and Leandro Trossard.
Young winger Amario Cozier-Duberry was named on the bench against Brentford over the weekend for the third time since Boxing Day and that’s not just to fill numbers as he has enjoyed quite a successful time in the academy.
The 17-year-old, who turns 18 in May, has provided seven goals and six assists in the Premier League 2 this season, adding to his return of eight direct contributions last season. It’s this form that saw him play in friendlies against Juventus and Lyon during the World Cup break too.
Capped at youth level for England, Cozier-Duberry has earned plenty of rather expected comparisons to that of Bukayo Saka, given they are both versatile and similar types of players, though it is his likeness to the aforementioned Diaby that is most interesting.
Why pay in excess of £88m when you already have a player with the potential to become the very same option for free?
Indeed, the teenager has been compared to the Leverkusen star by scout Jacek Kulig, who also describes his strongest assets as being his pace, dribbling, ball control and dynamism.
It’s perhaps little surprise to have also seen Arsenal’s “atom ant” lauded as “Hale End’s finest” by the aforementioned talent-spotter, as well as someone who can create “lots of problems” for the opposition by football.london reporter Kaya Kaynak.
As such, if Arteta were to promote the youngster into the first-team squad full-time, he could save ownership group KSE a lot of money in the transfer market – or at the very least, put funds towards bolstering other areas of the pitch.
Cozier-Duberry could well be Diaby 2.0 for the Gunners heading into 2023/24.
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