That’s according to a report by The Express, who claim that Fabio Paratici is keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward ahead of a potential move for the 22-year-old in the summer transfer window.
The report goes on to state that Manchester United also hold an interest in the France international, while The Telegraph claim that Newcastle United – who previously looked to be leading the race for the winger – are no longer pursuing a deal for Diaby, as the Magpies have been put off by his reported £60m price tag.
Considering just how exciting a prospect Diaby clearly is, coupled with the fact that Steven Bergwijn is reportedly set to depart north London this summer, it is not difficult to understand why Antonio Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the Leverkusen starlet to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the coming months.
Indeed, over his 32 Bundesliga appearances in 2021/22, the £60m-rated talent was in remarkable form for Gerardo Seoane’s side, scoring 13 goals, registering 12 assists and creating 15 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.7 shots, making 1.9 key passes and completing 1.8 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £48k-per-week winger – who can operate on either flank – average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.07, ranking him as Die Werkself’s fifth-best performer in the top flight of German football – playing a key role in the club securing an extraordinary third-place finish in the league.
For comparison, over Mohamed Salah’s 35 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season, the joint Golden Boot winner scored 23 goals, provided 13 assists and created 18 big chances, in addition to taking an average of 4.0 shots, making 1.8 key passes and completing 1.5 dribbles per outing.
Furthermore, according to FBref data, Diaby also ranks in the top 9% of wingers and attacking midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, as well as the top 6% for assists and the top 15% for npxG+xA over the last 365 days – with these metrics seeing FBref compare the 22-year-old to – you guessed it – Liverpool’s Egyptian wing wizard.
As such, considering the duo’s extremely similar traits and returns in the final third, should Paratici manage to get a deal for the player Nils Petersen dubbed “incredibly dangerous” over the line this summer, the Italian could well have unearthed the next Salah for Spurs – something that is sure to be an extremely exciting prospect for both Conte and supporters of Tottenham alike.