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Keita Balde Diao's agent denies drink driving reports

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The agent of Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao has denied claims his client was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his £158,000 Lamborghini in Italy over the weekend.

According to the Daily Mail, the 19-year-old lost control of his yellow Gallardo but walked away from the incident unharmed, despite the fact the vehicle was written off after the front half was left in pieces.

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Pictures of Diao's bashed up motor have since emerged online, and prompted rumours on social media that the talented teenager had actually committed a drink driving offence whilst behind the wheel, which ultimately resulted in the high-speed collision in the early hours of Sunday morning.

However, the Barcelona academy product's representative Ulisse Savini was quick to quash that speculation, insisting that the youngster was in fact completely sober, having only recently passed his driving test.

"In the light of reports in certain newspapers this morning, I want to underline that Keita was not drunk," he is quoted saying by Tuttomercatoweb.

"While reports said that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.34 - which is below the legal limit - it wouldn't be advisable for a newly qualified driver and it isn't true, he was completely sober.

"I reiterate that Keita hadn't drunk anything because that doesn't enter into his concept of professionalism and his lifestyle."

Premier League interest

The news will come as a welcome relief to the Spaniard's growing list of suitors, with Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool both previously credited with an interest in luring the Serie 'A' starlet to England.

Arsene Wenger has been monitoring Diao's development at Stadio Olimpico closely as he considers an attempt to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, came close to bidding for the Lazio marksman during the summer transfer window, but opted instead to move for Mario Balotelli, signing the enigmatic Italian from AC Milan in a £16 million deal.

However, Balotelli has made a disappointing start to his Anfield career, scoring just one goal in his first eight appearances, so the Reds boss might already regret his decision, and could be ready to renew interest in Diao when the transfer window reopens in January.

Uncertain future?

Lazio president Claudio Lotito initially valued Diao at £24 million, but reports earlier this month intimated that the club have lowered their asking price and would now accept offers of around £15.5 million for a player that once scored 47 goals in a single season, during his time playing in Spain on loan at UE Cornella.

This season the youngster has struggled to emulate that kind of form - making just three appearances so far in 2014/15 - and he's yet to find the net. If Stefano Pioli continues to use Diao sparingly then a January exit could become a serious possibility.

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