Liverpool chase Lazio sensation Keita Diao Balde

The Anfield crew are planning a swoop for the 19-year-old forward Lazio forward.

Liverpool tried to sign Keita Diao Balde, one of the hottest prospects of Serie A, last year and reports claim that Brendan Rodgers is actively trying again to entice the former Barcelona youth player to Anfield.

According to Italian media, Diao has demanded a transfer away from Lazio ‘amid interest from Liverpool and Arsenal’. Lazio manager, Stefano Piolo, is however reluctant to let go of the coveted attacker unless, however he might consider a move if any club meets  the €15m asking price.

Keita Diao Balde’s agent made the following comments in July when asked about Liverpool’s interest in the young forward:

“Liverpool have a manager who relishes attacking players like Keita. It is a destination we would like, but we have to verify a series of situations. So far I have not had any direct contact with Liverpool.”

Diao started his football career with Barcelona youth ranks. However, the club kicked out the 15-year-old for playing a prank on tour in Qatar. The young forward then joined UE Cornellà’s youth team where he scored 47 goals in a single season. Barcelona then offered him the chance to return to the club, but Diao rejected the Catalan club’s offer. He is currently contracted to Lazio until June 2017.