Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, as per Daily Star reports.
Keita is one of the most highly-rated youngster in Serie A. He has been impressive since his debut last season. He has scored 8 goals and assists 11 times in 44 games so far for the Italian outfit.
The teenager is likely to be moving away from Lazio as the club is eyeing to get some funds for other expenditures.
The Gunners however will have to pay the €19million fee in order to secure his services. While Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also eyeing him.
With Lukas Podolski set to seal Inter Milan loan deal, Arsenal have started keeping tabs on Keita. Inter Milan are also keen to sign Keita, according to the Star.
The North London club are eyeing him as Podolski’s replacement. Keita is a versatile forward he can play in every side but his favourite position is left forward.
The 19-year-old is similar to Mario Balotelli, his behaviour has been the major reason which led Lazio to make a decision regarding his future.
He came through the youth system of Barcelona but was kicked out due to the behavioural issues.
Columnist: Shah Arsalan