Brendan Rodgers could be preparing a raid on Lazio for talented young striker Keita Balde Diao, following recent comments made by the player's agent. The Northern Irishman is eager to add attacking talent to his side this summer, as the Merseyside outfit looking to improve on last season's dismal showing.
Speaking to Italian radio station Radio Sei, the 20-year-old's agent Ulisse Savini suggested that his client would be open to a move to Anfield this summer. "For years there have been several offers coming in, but considering the situation I have to say this summer they are particularly interesting,” he said.
“I personally spoke to Lazio and they said his sale is not predicted. It’s only natural that he isn’t satisfied with the situation, so we are evaluating other options. Liverpool have a manager who relishes attacking players like Keita. It is a destination we would like, but we have to verify a series of situations. So far I have not had any direct contact with Liverpool."
Would Daio be a good signing for Liverpool?
Daio, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool on several occasions in the past by the likes of the Daily Mail, made 23 Serie A appearances last season, during which he was able to score just the one goal. Having converted a measly 3.7% of his total attempts at goal, it is fair to say that the Spaniard is not the most clinical player when in front of goal.
Formerly of Barcelona, Daio was considered a first team mainstay in the making at the Catalan club. However, a prank played at the age of 15 saw him leave the club in disgrace, shipped out on loan to lower league side Cornella, where he scored an impressive 47 goals in a youth team season.
Despite his reputation as a hot prospect, Diao has failed to maintain the same scoring rate at senior level and his current tally for Lazio is somewhat disappointing. He looked a threat at times last term - creating 12 chances and completing 76% of his take ons - but Rodgers needs a recognised goalscorer this summer, not another youngster who represents an even greater risk.