12 Feb 2017

Next Mane? Klopp wants 'extraordinary' €26m attacker who rejected Barca transfer. Liverpool 'offer' made in 2014

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for one of Sadio Mane's Senegal team-mates.

According to Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport:

* Keita Balde Diao has 'informed Lazio' that he will not accept any contract renewal.

* Liverpool, Inter, Arsenal, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and Liverpool are all interested in signing him.

* Lazio are willing to sell for €25m.

Liverpool's interest in the allegedly 'extraordinary' Balde is well established:

* Sep 2013: The Daily Mail reported that Liverpool's scouts watched Balde on his Lazio debut.

* Mar 2014: The Mirror claimed that Liverpool scouts continued to check on Balde.

* Sep 2014: Balde's agent, Anglo Cascella, told reporters: "Liverpool made a €20m million offer, but Lazio rejected their offer".

* Feb 2015: Reports claimed that LFC scout Barry Hunter had urged Rodgers to sign Diao.

* Jul 2015: Diao's agent told reporters: “Liverpool have a manager who relishes attacking players like Keita. It is a destination we would like".

* Oct 2015: Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claimed that Diao requested a transfer 'amid interest from Liverpool and Arsenal'.

Some info about Diao:

* 21-year old winger (like Mane). Can play on the left or the right, or as a striker.

* Kicked out of Barca at 15 for playing a prank on a tour of Qatar, then later rejected the chance to return.

* 2010-11: Scored 47 goals in one season for UE Cornellà's youth team.

* Lazio: 45 goals/assists in 120 apps (One every 148 mins)

* This Season: 9 goals/assist sin 17 apps (One every 119 mins).

Perhaps Mane has had a word in Klopp's ear about bringing Keita Balde to Anfield...?



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