Liverpool and Arsenal set to battle over Lazio forward

Liverpool and Arsenal are set to battle it out for the signature of Lazio forward and former Barcelona prospect Keita Balde Diao, according to the Express.

The 19-year-old forward has been attracting long term interest from the Premier League dup, but Lazio remain keen to keep a hold of him.

Brendan Rodgers is understood to have sent scouts to watch him in action last season, and is considering a January bid as he looks to solve the Reds goal scoring problems.

Daniel Sturridge has missed Liverpool’s last 14 matches in all competitions, whilst Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and £16million summer signing Mario Balotelli are yet to score in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is looking to add more attacking talent to his Arsenal side after their slow start to the season, which sees them currently trailing league leaders Chelsea by 12 points.

Reports in Italy suggest offers for the forward were rejected last week, but Lazio would be willing to do business if a price of around €30m was offered.

Diao joined Lazio in 2011, having previously been on the books of Barcelona.

The Catalan giants were forced to let him go however, after a practical joke went wrong whilst away with the youth team.


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