Arsenal and Liverpool have bids rejected for €30m-rated Serie A sensation - report

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Reports in Italy suggest that Arsenal and Liverpool have failed in bids to sign Lazio's Keita Balde Diao.

It seems like the summer transfer window only just slammed shut, but the focus is already turning to the January transfer window.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both struggled to hit top form this season, and many suggest that both teams are already out of the title race despite being just over a quarter of the way through the season.

Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers should both be looking to add players in the New Year, and reports in Italy suggest that they may be fighting over the same player.

Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, 19, came through the ranks at Barcelona, but moved on in 2011 in order to receive more playing time.

Having broken into the Lazio team last year, the winger tallied six goals and five assists in all competitions, becoming one of the most promising teenagers in Europe in the process.

Born in Spain to Senegalese parents, Keita has yet to decide his international future, and may yet have to make a decision over his club future.

According to speculation in Italy, Lazio have rejected two bids for Keita ahead of the January transfer window, one from Arsenal and one from Liverpool.

Liverpool were reportedly interested in his services in the summer, but now Lazio are reportedly looking for a fee in the region of €30m (£24m) in order to part with him.

However, Keita has played just 162 minutes this season, and there have been murmurings that he has fallen out of favour with new manager Stefano Pioli.

Despite that, Lazio seem intent on keeping their promising young talent unless they receive a huge fee - one which may scare off Arsenal and Liverpool in January.

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