According to reports on Football Italia, Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in €30m-rated Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao after losing out to Manchester United in the race to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 22-year-old is attracting interest from a number of clubs – including the Blues, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus – following an impressive campaign with the Serie A outfit, according to Football Italia.
He scored 16 goals and provided a further five assists in 31 league appearances, despite often starting from the substitutes’ bench.
The Senegal international is certainly more versatile than Lukaku as he can play anywhere across the front three, and he could prove to be a useful addition for the Premier League champions.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and they are divided on the potential addition of the attacker.
While some believe he would be more suited to their style of play, others believe he would be a panic buy and that there isn’t much point getting him when they already have Michy Batshuayi.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Not gonna happen . Just like the Sandro deal .
— Cfc (@secker09) July 7, 2017
If we miss out on Lukaku which looks likely at this stage then we need to sign this guy. His link up with Hazard would be top 👍👌 #CFC
— #chelseachampions (@LockoMotiveTM) July 7, 2017
@ChelseaFC Just pay the €30M for him
— JS (@TheFantasticoJS) July 7, 2017
Good prospect and will help until Hazard is back and provide competition.
— Alex (@onlyoneshedend) July 8, 2017
Are we starting to panic buy now?!?!
— Mohamed ali gelani (@mohamed_CFC164) July 8, 2017
What's the point? We have Batshuayi who has the same level of potential as he does. Give Michy a chance.
— Dan Panda (@cozierpanda) July 7, 2017
— Hazardnaldo (@Edenconte) July 7, 2017
Would much rather have Keita Balde Diao than Lukaku. Smaller more nimble striker, suits our fast passing game more than a target man #CFC
— King Didier (@TheKingOfMunich) July 7, 2017
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