He plays for Lyon (34 appearances last season with 5 goals in all competitions). He’s 6 feet 4 inches tall, right-footed and 20 years old. He is a French Under 21 international of Guinean descent. And according to many press reports, this young giant is odds on favourite on Pep‘s shortlist to come in as cover for the ailing Vincent Kompany and the erratic Nicolas Otamendi as a potential partner for John Stones at the heart of City’s defence, leaping ahead of the still raw Tosin Adarabioyo and the soon-to-be-sold Eliaquim Mangala.
Mouctar Diakhaby has been watched multiple times by both Mikel Arteta and Txixi Begiristain, the first time being in October when Everton played Lyon in the Europa League and the progress of this impending transfer has gathered pace in recent weeks.
According to espnfc.com, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also seriously attracted by the young Frenchman, who has impressed many this year with his composed style of defending and the accuracy of both his long and short passing game.
Lyon are currently sitting 3rd in Ligue 1 and Diakhaby has been a more or less permanent feature since breaking into manager Bruno Genesio‘s team last season. Chelsea, City and Juventus are all said to be highly interested in this tall, powerful, athletic star-in-the-making.
Dominant, aggressive, ferocious in the tackle and a dangerous threat from set pieces, Diakhaby is considered by the City hierarchy as a youngster with all the attributes that Guardiola looks for in a ball-playing centre-half that he can incorporate into the team he wishes to develop in the next few years, as Ferran Soriano and Begiristain seek to persuade the Catalan to extend his contract at City.
Should Diakhaby be brought in and promoted ahead of Adarabioyo?
Check out this video and decide for yourself, Blues!
The video link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Bc-f7p7AI
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