Juventus launch bid for Keita Balde

Juventus launch bid for Keita Balde
Palermo's Ivaylo Chochev (R) and Lazio's Keita Balde in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match US Palermo vs SS Lazio at Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo, Sicily island, Italy, 27 November 2016. EPA/CORRADO LANNINO

by Bertin Basson

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 17:00

Juventus have reportedly launched a bid to sign Keita Balde Diao from Serie A rivals Lazio.

Inter Milan and West Ham United have been linked with a move for the Senegal international, but the Old Lady have now emerged as front-runners to land the 22-year-old.


Born in Spain, Balde moved to Italy in six years ago and has been with Lazio ever since, making his first team debut in 2013.

Juventus CEO Guiseppe Marotta has been quoted as saying that the club have approached their rivals for the services of Balde, with Sky Sports News Italia reporting that last season's UEFA Champions League runners-up have offered €20 million for his services.

"We have made an offer to [Lazio president Claudio] Lotito for Keita and he will now evaluate it," Marotta reportedly told Mediaset Premium.

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