£36m Chelsea and Manchester City target Amadou Diawara banned after reacting to racist abuse

The Bologna midfielder has another reason to leave Italian football.

Last week it was reported that Chelsea and Manchester City are pursuing Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.

The Rossoblu star has been compared to Paul Pogba and Yaya Toure and Corriere della Bologna reported that both Chelsea and Manchester City were keen to spend €20 million (£14.4 million) on the 18-year-old powerhouse.

The same report however made it clear that the £14.4 million bids would fall short of Bologna's valuation. That valuation stands at a whopping €50 million (£36 million) which would make him one of the world's most expensive teenagers if Chelsea or Manchester City did bring him in.

Now an ugly incident in Italy might see him head over to England before long. Diawara was, allegedly, racially abused by Genoa fans in the Serie A clash between the two sides at the weekend. He responded by reportedly mimicking a gorilla, which was seen by the referee as deliberately irritating the home side and he was shown his marching orders.

Corriere di Bologna, as reported by TMW, claim it is a great injustice as he has been handed a one-match ban for his actions whilst the fans escaped without as little as a fine.

The Guinean came through the youth ranks at Vitus Cesena before joining lowly San Marino in 2014. Bologna picked him up in August and he has since gone on to become one of the breakout stars of Serie A this season in a Cinderella rise to prominence.

However Chelsea and Manchester City have the capital to bring him in and it would take him away from the ugly side of Italian football - which has reared it's head in the past.

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