Chelsea join race for £26m versatile forward targeted by Juventus and Liverpool

Chelsea are offering €20m for the Lazio forward, claim Italian reports. He can play as a winger on the right or left, support striker or unorthodox centre-forward. Liverpool, Juventus, Inter all wanted to sign him. His club is holding out for £26 million.

 

It was already rumoured that Chelsea were aiming their gaze towards Keita Balde Diao instead and now Rome-based paper Il Tempo claim there is a €20m offer on the table. That is not too far off the €25m asking price for the 22-year-old Senegal international.

Milan had agreed terms with Lazio for €20m plus bonuses, but Keita rejected the transfer because he had his heart set on Juventus. Now that the Bianconeri and Inter have put their resources elsewhere, Keita is somewhat stuck with his contract at Lazio expiring next summer.

He scored 16 goals in 31 Serie A games last season, many of them as a substitute. His current contract at the Stadio Olimpico expires next summer and he has made it clear there’s no intention of a renewal. Milan had agreed terms with Lazio for €20m plus bonuses, but Keita rejected the transfer, as his heart was set on Juventus.

With the focus on Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa, the Turin giants have lost interest in the versatile forward.

Inter are also looking at other options, so Mediaset Premium claim Keita is reconsidering his position on Chelsea. Primarily starting from the left wing, he can also do well on the right and was surprisingly effective as a centre-forward too

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