Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has revealed that a host of European, as well as non-European clubs are vying to acquire the signature of Keita Balde Diao, who also happens to be a Tottenham target. Tare stated that there is a ‘
Keita, a Spanish-born Senegalese international, only has a year left on his current Lazio deal and fellow Serie A outfits Juventus and Inter Milan have been credited with an interest. Besides, Tottenham are in the fray as well and reports claim that they are already readying a €30.2m (£28m) bid for the attacker.
Keita, who is a product of Barcelona’s youth academy, scored 16 league goals last season and has already revealed his desire of leaving the Stadio Olimpico outfit this summer. Furthermore, he also refused to train with the Lazio squad in the early part of the season. Speaking of his future, Tare said that he hopes to find a solution that will benefit all the parties involved.
“He’s a Lazio player. There are important European and non-European teams that want him,” Tare told Sky Sport Italia, as quoted by Football365. “But at the moment, there’s a war of attrition, especially on his agent’s part.
“Still, we have so much confidence and patience. Every decision will be made for everyone’s benefit, including the player, because no-one comes out of this as the winner.
“Therefore, I’m using common sense. I hope to find a solution, not only for the player but also Lazio.”
He also reminded the youngster that it was Lazio who brought him to the limelight and he should consider all this before making any major decision.
“We mustn’t forget that Keita’s a player who came to Italy when he was 15 and our club have given him so much. I think he must take that into account and be grateful.
“At the same time, we’re also aware that he’s grown a lot and he has high expectations, but a solution must be found for the good of everyone.
“If he wants to extend his contract, he knows what the club want to do. But at the same time, if there are deals that satisfy Lazio, we’re willing to take them into consideration.”
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