Liverpool & Manchester United in Serie ‘A’ striker battle

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Liverpool and Manchester United are set to do battle over Lazio starlet Keita Balde Diao, according to reports in Italy.

TMW claims that both the Reds and Red Devils, as well as Arsenal, are keen on bringing 18-year-old to England after his rapid rise to prominence in Serie ‘A’.

The former Barcelona academy player has forced his way into the first team at the Stadio Olimpico this term, scoring three times in 11 appearances for the Biancocelesti.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was aware of the teenager’s talents before that run though, with scouts from Anfield keeping tabs on the attacker during his first few outings.

The Reds’ academy is full of top young talent at the minute, with the likes of Jordon Ibe involved with the first team and Suso and Andre Wisdom learning their trade away from the club on loan.

Keita would be another exciting addition for the future at Liverpool, but competition appears to come in the shape of the Premier League champions.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has had a difficult opening spell in charge at Old Trafford after taking the reigns from Sir Alex Ferguson.

And, despite landing Juan Mata in the January transfer window, results haven't improved for the Red Devils on the pitch either.

Landing Keita would be a coup for Manchester United in the long-term, but his current club are unlikely to want to let the youngster leave anytime soon.

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