Arsenal To Battle Liverpool For Signing Of £15m Serie A Striker

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Premier League rivals to slug it out for teenage striker Keita Balde Diao.

Arsenal and Liverpool are set for a January transfer tug-of-war over the signing of 19 year-old Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao, report the Mirror, with the Serie A side keen to do business with one of the Premier League giants, as long as their asking price can be met.

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Former Barcelona youth striker Diao has only made 23 Serie A appearances for Lazio during his time at the club, scoring five goals, but his lethal combination of pace and power makes him one of the most highly rated young players in Italian football right now and has attracted the attention of the giants of the English Premier League.

Lazio are well aware of their star asset’s potential, however, and will only listen to offers in the region of £15 million – although the Serie A side have proven themselves to be a willing selling club in recent seasons and are likely to be negotiable.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both tracked Diao and are pleased with what they’ve seen from the 19 year-old, meaning that a potential January move could well be on the cards, with both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers looking to add some January firepower to their rosters.

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