Transfer News: Arsenal & Chelsea Target Keita Balde Diao Set For Lazio Exit

Transfer News: Arsenal & Chelsea Target Keita Balde Diao Set For Lazio Exit

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Premier League rivals club Arsenal and Chelsea target Keita Balde Diao could be set to depart Lazio having grown frustrated at his lack of playing time with Lazio, according to reports coming from Italy.

Per Italian news outlet Calciomercarto, the Italian based outlet claimed that the winger is not happy with Lazio manager Simeone Inzaghi, who has given much attention to Felipe Anderson and Savic Milinkovic in the attacking role this season.

The news is likely to bring attention to Arsenal and Chelsea who were, according to Senegalese news outlet Senepeople, interested in Diao during the January transfer window. Manchester United are believed to be showing interest in the player, with the United Jose Mourinho an admirer, while in Italy, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter have all been linked with the star.

The Italian club could be willing to sell their star player for around £26m, a price that may prove reasonable for the highly rated Senegalese.

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ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 26: Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio looks on during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on February 26, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Diao’s current contract with Lazio expires in 2018, and he has amassed 96 appearances since arriving from Barcelona as a teenager in 2011.

This campaign, he has bagged seven league goals in 21 Serie A appearances, seven of which he came in as a substitute. He has also registered 12 appearances and bagged three goals for Senegal.

Lazio have reportedly attempted to extend Diao’s contract, but he is yet to sign a new deal, fuelling more speculation of an impending exit.

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