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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 ‘there’s a war of attrition’ going on with his agent.

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.”

Do you think Keita Balde Diao will join us this summer?

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  1. Surespur

    August 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    If we’re not his preferred destination, we should walk away. COYS!

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Tottenham target this Algerian star to replace Harry Kane

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Islam Slimani emerges as Tottenham Hotspur target

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Algerian star Islam Slimani to step in for the injured Harry Kane in the January transfer window. (h/t Daily Mail)

Tottenham are currently without a senior striker with Heung Son-Min and Lucas Moura having to step in for the injured Harry Kane. The lack of a specialist striker has shown, with Spurs scoring just thrice in four games following Kane’s injury.

Spurs have been linked with a plethora of strikers such as Victor Osimhen, Edinson Cavani and Ze Luis. The club looked to have been on the verge of signing Krzysztof Piatek, but it now looks like the deal is off.

The latest name to emerge is that of Slimani who is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.

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The Algerian has been prolific at Monaco and has scored 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 matches. (h/ Whoscored)

An ideal short term solution!

Harry Kane is the undisputed first choice when fit and it is hard to see Spurs sign a top striker who is ready to play second fiddle to the England captain.

At 31, Slimani is approaching the twilight of his career and should be open to a move to a club of Tottenham’s stature. A physically imposing player, he is capable of playing as the target man that upfront.

Not only will he get opportunities to play but will be happy to play second fiddle to Kane once he returns from injury. Slimani has played 47 games for Leicester in the Premier League and is familiar with the physical aspect of the game.

The Algerian should be able to perform for 3 seasons which also gives time for Spurs to scout upcoming talents or develop academy talents.

Aston Villa are also interested in signing the player. Monaco do have the option of signing the player at the end of his loan and may choose to exercise it. Leicester are reluctant to sell the Algerian to a direct top four rival and will prefer to sell the player elsewhere.

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Slimani has played 68 times for Algeria and has scored 29 goals. He was part of the Algerian team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. (h/t Whoscored)

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Injured Tottenham star hints possible return to training

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Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has hinted at a return to action

Tanguy Ndombele has provided some much-needed good news to Tottenham fans by hinting at a return to training in the near future.

The French star has posted a cryptic message on his Instagram page raising hopes of a quick return. (h/t Football London)

The 23-year-old, who is Tottenham’s record signing, has not featured for the club since limping off injured in the 1-0 loss to Southampton.

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Tanguy Ndombele scored against Aston Villa on his Premier League debut (Image credit: Getty)

Ndombele’s return will come as a blessing as Mourinho is short of midfield options. Moussa Sissoko is out injured till April and Christian Eriksen’s future remains uncertain.

The Frenchman’s move hasn’t gone according to plan, with him scoring just 2 times and assisting 3 in 20 appearances. Injuries haven’t helped his cause either, missing 7 games so far this season out injured. (h/t Whoscored)

The right player at the right time?

Tottenham’s midfield predicament could prove to be Ndombele’s salvation. The French international brings pace and dynamism which is sorely lacking in the midfield – more so since the loss of Sissoko.

Harry Winks is too lightweight and was physically overwhelmed by the Watford midfield. The addition of Ndombele should help negate that to a point. An athletic player with an eye for goal, Ndombele’s forward runs can also relieve the pressure on Heung Min-Son and Lucas Moura. Both of whom have struggled in the absence of a specialist striker.

Chelsea aren’t in the best of form and haven’t been able to pull away in spite of Spurs poor form of late. A resurgent Ndombele and an improving Giovani Lo Celso could be the difference makers in Spurs making the Champions League next season.

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Tottenham next face bottom-placed Norwich City. With 8 points separating us from Chelsea in fourth, nothing less than a win will do.

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Tottenham boss Mourinho provides exciting transfer update on 23-year-old starlet

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Tottenham are likely to sign Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club are likely to make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal permanent. (h/t Football.London)

Lo Celso joined Tottenham on loan in August, with the option of making the deal permanent. Injuries had limited his appearances on the pitch, with him making only nine appearances for Spurs in his first four months at the club.

The 23-year-old has played in the last 6 games for Tottenham, with impressive performances against Liverpool and Middlesbrough.

Giovani Lo Celso

It appears that the club will tie him down to a long-term deal after his performances over the past few weeks.

According to the terms of the loan, the move becomes permanent at the end of the season if the club finishes in the top four. Spurs also have the option of making the move permanent in January for a lower fee.

Tottenham can activate the deal in January to sign Lo Celso for £27million as opposed to paying £34million in the summer (h/t Daily Mail).

Speaking on the midfielder’s future, Mourinho was optimistic about the deal being made permanent.

“I think Giovani is going to stay with us.”

Mourinho was also full of praise for the midfielder who scored against Middlesbrough.

“Amazing kid. Quiet. Waiting for his opportunities. Opportunities are coming step by step. I am very, very happy with him.”

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The mandatory clause to purchase Lo Celso in the summer is binding only if Tottenham qualify for the Champions League. Even then, Spurs will only be getting 80% of the player’s rights, with Betis retaining the other 20%.

Lo Celso has made 19 appearances for Argentina and has scored 2 goals. He was a part of the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America.

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Mourinho keen on Tottenham reunion with his former protege

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Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Willian at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur are in line to secure the signature of Brazilian midfielder Willian, seven years after he snubbed a move to Spurs in favour of Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is a fan of the midfielder and is keen on a reunion with the 31-year-old midfielder. (h/t Daily Mail)

Willian’s contract at Chelsea is set to expire in the summer and the player’s future at the club remains uncertain for now. European heavyweights Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus are also keen on the player who will be available for free in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham looked to have won the race for Willian in 2013, only for Chelsea to swoop in for the player at the last moment. The Brazilian has played 319 times for the Blues and has scored 57 goals.

The Chelsea manager at the time was Mourinho and the Brazilian flourished under this tutelage. The Portuguese also tried to sign the Brazilian during his stint at Manchester United. The addition of Willian would bring experience and quality to our richly talented squad.

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Willian in action against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Chelsea are desperate to keep hold of their star man and have offered the player a one-year extension on his current deal. Willian, however, is seeking a two-year deal plus a pay rise from his £110,000-per-week wage.

Willian put in a man of the match performance in Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham last month. He scored both the goals in the impressive 2-0 win for the Blues. The 31-year-old was a member of the Brazil squad that won the 2019 Copa America.

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Chelsea are keen on retaining the player’s services and are likely to return with another offer. The Blues see him as a critical cog in their long-term plans. Willian has come into his own since the departure of Eden Hazard and has impressed under Frank Lampard.

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