Liverpool-linked Keita Balde Diao makes Lazio transfer request - report

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The scintillating winger has reportedly asked for a move after being an unused substitute in his side’s 2-0 defeat by Juventus.

Lazio winger Keita Balde Diao has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to receive more first-team football, as per Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Spanish attacker has been linked with Liverpool over a long period, with Sky Sports claiming that the former Barcelona youth player was on Brendan Rodgers’ wishlist.

The player has also been linked with a potential to move to Anfield in the last month, with La Repubblica stating that Lazio would consider a swap deal to sign Fabio Borini.

The 20-year-old was an unused substitute in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Juventus in the Italian Super Cup, with even former West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison coming off the bench instead of him.

Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Keita was caught up in an angry exchange with Lazio president Claudio Lotito in the aftermath of the game, which was played in China.

The report claims that the versatile forward asked to be transfer on the spot and is livid with his lack of football under coach Stefano Pioli.

The Italian newspaper also claim that Inter are interested in Keita, while also claiming that the gifted attacker has suitors overseas.

The news could well be of interest to Liverpool, who lost Raheem Sterling to Manchester City over the summer and as such could well have room for another gifted wide player.

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