Liverpool keeping tabs on Lazio’s teenage sensation Keita Balde Diao

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Keita Balde Diao: Liverpool will battle Arsenal for the former Barcelona youngster…

Liverpool and Arsenal ready to battle over former Barcelona prospect Keita Balde Diao, who currently plays for Italian side Lazio in Serie A.

Reports in the Daily Express explain that the Premier League rivals are set to engage in yet another transfer war, as they go head-to-head for the signature of the 19-year-old hotshot, who is being admired by a number of European sides.

Brendan Rodgers had scouts watching him last season and Arsene Wenger is reportedly also keen, although bids for the Spanish born Senegalese forward are thought to have been rejected last week.

Diao joined Lazio in 2011 from Barcelona, and the club are thought to be willing to cash in if offers reach the €30m mark. However, they are desperate to hang onto their prize asset, and won’t let him leave on the cheap.

He scored five goals for Lazio last season, making 16 starts and twelve substitute appearances. The attacking midfielder, who can also play anywhere across the forward line, also made the news last month for crashing his £158,000 yellow Lamborghini Gallardo.

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