Liverpool and Manchester City may be interested to know that Ulisse Savani, the agent of Lazio starlet and sometime mutual target Keita Balde, has been talking up a Premier League move for the Spanish wideman, saying:
“I think Keita would be fine with a future in English football. I think that it is much better there than in Germany, for example.”
Balde, who turned his back on Barcelona in a somewhat complicated genesis to his career you can read about here, has begun to feature regularly for the Biancocelesti this season.
The 19-year-old must be doing something right, as Lazio have been bested in just 15 per cent of the games he started across all competitions, losing 38 per cent of those in which he wasn’t used from the off.
There are still plenty of rough edges on the youngster, but his direct running, close control and searing pace have already impressed in Serie A and the Europa League this season.
Balde, often known simply as ‘Keita’, has bagged in two of his last three starts for the Romans and can be backed to notch at 5/2 when AC Milan visit Stadio Olimpico.
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The aforementioned strikes were the fourth and fifth of a campaign that has also seen him assist five goals for teammates across Serie A and Europa League action.
His most recent goal came as part of a man of the match showing at Cagliari last time out.
No shrinking violet, Balde has suffered some disciplinary issues during his maiden campaign in the first team and watched a game from the stands back in December after a dressing room row with teammate Stefan Radu.
Nonetheless then manager Vladimir Petkovic retained faith in a man who could be harassing full-backs on a wing near you soon as has current incumbent Edy Reja.