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Aston Villa see €35 million offer rejected after agreeing personal terms with Leverkusen star

Premier League outfit Aston Villa have seen an opening offer for a key member of the attacking ranks at Bayer Leverkusen rejected, according to reports.

The player in question? Moussa Diaby.

For those not familiar with his name, Diaby is a gifted attacker who generally lines out on the right wing, but is also more than capable of occupying a more central role.

The 24-year-old is fresh off another fine season in Germany, which saw him rack up 14 goals and 11 assists across all competitions.

He was also a member of the French national team squad which came within a penalty shootout of lifting the World Cup late last year.

In turn, on the back of the summer transfer window swinging open, it has not come as a massive surprise to see speculation surrounding Diaby’s future begin to mount once more.

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano:

‘Understand Aston Villa official bid for Moussa Diaby was €35m plus add-ons’.

Unfortunately for Unai Emery and co, however, this proposal was swiftly rejected by the powers that be at Bayer Leverkusen.

This comes with the Bundesliga side holding out for a more lucrative fee.

Nevertheless, negotiations remain ongoing between the two clubs, with Diaby himself having already made clear his intention to take his talents to Villa Park this summer.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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