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Arsenal And Liverpool To Wage War Over £15m Forward – reports

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to do battle over Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao in the January transfer window.

Both sides are lacking a top quality striker, especially Liverpool after the loss of Luis Suarez in the summer and the fact that Daniel Sturridge has spent the majority of the season thus far confined to the treatment table at Melwood.

Summer buy Mario Balotelli has failed to live up to his £16 million price tag, and has not yet scored in the Premier League.

Rickie Lambert has also failed to settle, and as a result, the Reds find themselves marooned in mid table.

While Arsenal have fared better this season, there remain doubts over Olivier Giroud’s suitability for a title challenge.

As a result, both clubs could take advantage of the fact that Lazio are thought to be keen to sell the highly rated young talent, according to the Daily Star.

The Italian side have valued the 19 year old wonderkid at around £15 million, well within both club’s budgets for January additions.

Liverpool Eye Signing Of Unsettled £15M Ex-Barca Starlet

Liverpool are eyeing up former Barcelona starlet Keita Balde Diao, who has grown frustrated at his lack of first team action since joining Lazio, and is now willing to depart the Serie A club in the near future, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

This has put Liverpool on alert, given their interest in the player.

Diao began his career with Barcelona, but left them to join Lazio under the belief that he would receive more first team football.

Liverpool targeted him in the summer, with the hope of bringing him in to boost their striking options, but Lazio refused to sell one of their more talented young prospects.

Diao is particularly unhappy at the fact that he has not yet started a game for Lazio this season.

This has lowered his asking price somewhat – while Lazio demanded £24 million for the player in the summer, they are now willing to sell him on for only £15 million.

President Slaps £12.5m Price Tag On Exciting 19-Year-Old Liverpool Target

Lazio’s president Claudio Lotito has put a £12.5 million price tag on Liverpool target Keita Balde Diao, as suggested by the player’s agent, with the Daily Mirror reporting the news.

Liverpool are keen on the young striker, and the Reds have reportedly sent scouts to keep an eye on the forward this season.

The Senegalese striker has scored four goals in his 16 Serie A appearances for the Italian club, having signed for them for only £250,000 in 2011.

Lazio are interested in offering the player a new contract this season, hoping to tie him to the club for the long term, but the side are willing to accept a big money move for the player from abroad.

Ulisse Savini, the player’s agent, even went as far as to suggest that no other domestic sides could afford Diao’s signature, given the high price that Lazio want for the player.

Savini said: “If he was to leave Lazio, we will never find a club in Italy that will buy him, assuming the important figures that Claudio Lotito would ask for.

“How much is he worth? If a say a price Lotito will contradict me. But at present, according to my judgment, he cannot be worth less than €15million (£12.5 million).

“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.

“We have a contract until 2017. It is obvious in the football business around the world that it is normal to receive attention from some foreign teams every weekend.

“I honestly do not know what will happen in a year, but it is clear that the boy cannot continue to have this contract.

“But I have also learned not to be in a hurry. Previous experiences with Lazio have taught me you must be patient.

“There will be availability and a desire from both parties to sit at the table. It is just a matter of timing and I do not think that will be a problem.”

Manchester City are also thought to have taken an interest in him in the past.