Keita Balde Diao wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal

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Arsenal and Liverpool are poised to fight it out for the services of Lazio starlet Keita Balde Diao, following his impressive start to the season.

Transfer battle

Information in the Daily Express states that both Premier League clubs have their eyes on his progress, and have been given hope by the fact he wants a move. The 19-year-old, formerly of Barcelona’s famous academy, has continued to develop this term and is now established as one of the best players in the Lazio setup.

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With that in mind it’s unlikely his club will want to sell, but they have lowered their asking price from the £24million it was in the summer to just £15.5million now. This makes the idea of a deal more feasible, with neither Arsenal or Liverpool perilously short on cash.

Why Diao?

It’s said the Gunners remain in the market for a natural finisher, despite the purchase of Danny Welbeck, and so Diao may appeal to Arsene Wenger. He’s young and has plenty of time to further develop, which is another factor the French manager will take into account.

Liverpool’s dogged interest is thought to stem from their disappointment over the impact Mario Balotelli has made. £16million was the fee Brendan Rodgers paid to take him from AC Milan, and so far the Italian hasn’t looked like he’s the right man to replace Luis Suarez.

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