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Juventus close to reaching Keita Balde agreement

May 18, 2017

Juventus are closing in on an agreement for Keita Balde but Lazio want in excess of €30m.

The 22-year-old’s contract with the Biancocelesti runs until 2018 and he’s yet to agree a new deal.

Milan have been pursuing the player along with Juve and according to Sky Sport Italia, it’s th Bianconeri that are closest to agreeing terms with the player.

The stumbling block to the deal revolves around Lazio’s €30m valuation of the player as well as a series of performance related bonuses.

The Senegalese international is believed to be high on Juve’s list of targets for the summer due his ability to play on either wing, as as well as centre-forward of attacking midfielder.

The Bianconeri are also following Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa and it’s reported that a prospective deal for Keita would not exclude the Brazilian’s arrival.

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  • Gerald Quinn

    “The Bianconeri are also following Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa and
    it’s reported that a prospective deal for Keita would not exclude the
    Brazilian’s arrival.”

    Hmm so i’m guessing we want Keita as a CF(Higuain Sub) and Costa as our LW/LM alternating with Mandzukic

    • VonKellef

      If Keita is thought to be a substitute for Pipita. When will Moise Kean ever get the chance to play?

      • Gerald Quinn

        Kean is barely turning 17 or 18 right? he cant be a first choice, If we field him as a Pipita sub and he fails to make an impression the media will crucify him. Kean needs to be introduced slowly (Last 5 – 10 Min of won games) plus we already played him this term and he was far from impressive.

        • VonKellef

          Point taken.
          I just hope he dosen’t feel like he is not a “real” member of the first squad and that we are gonna keep him waiting until he is 20ish. He scored in the last second of the last game which was really great.

          • Gerald Quinn

            Yup, there just needs t be a good balance, He should be a B-Team starter for sure.

  • Ilham Perdana Sayuti

    comparing him with cuadrado, which one suit better with mister’s tactic lately?

    though I believe that marotta needs to hunt the world class one like sanchez not another unpredictable prospect

  • Xx RForcE xX

    30m for a guy with 1 year contract?

    • lakerguy

      yeah that aint gonna happen.

    • BelgianJuventino

      Don’t forget there is competition for him too, from more desperate teams (both Milano teams). They will be prepared to go far for a player who has had success in Serie A and has a long career ahead of him. For Juve, he looks more of a possibility than an actual need.

      • Xx RForcE xX

        if he is at least a little clever, he will not join milans dead wood, doesnt make sense to swap Lazio for average clubs, if he wants to win trophies Juve is his only choice in Italy, or he can join the likes of Spurs, etc

  • lakerguy

    Holy shit, if we do get keita AND costa we’d be bloody scary, we need to invest a bit in some younger defenders but in all fairness we already have benatia, bonucci, sandro, rugani and caldara so that’s already a very solid base for years to come.

  • BelgianJuventino

    Costa AND Keita? I don’t know whether or not we really need them both. I do think they are good players, but isn’t a CF more of a priority than 2 wingers? I think the left winger position is nicely filled, Mandzukic/Dybala/Sandro/Asamoah can all play there and provide either the technique or the muscle. That is not even counting Pjaca. I’d like someone on the right wing to provide competition with Cuadrado and Alves there, more than strengthening the left wing.

    Cuadrado has been hot and cold again, though I will admit he has been more hot than I expected. Still, he is too unstable for me to be a starter. And Alves, while he has been doing great, is a short term player. With Lichtsteiner a good possibility to leave, we will need Dani as a RB since there won’t be an alternative, barring new arrivals of course. (And Andrea “The Wall” Barzagli)

    • Gerald Quinn

      Keita can also play CF, as well as the right wing.

      • BelgianJuventino

        Yeah, but I would prefer a natural goalgetter. A Pipo Inzaghi

  • Brolin10

    Yeah he’ll probably end up joining his mate Mane at LFC.

  • Jas

    Keita is the real deal, he can pretty much play any position going forward. Can cover the wings as well as the CF role so why would this not make sense? If we do get him it certainly won’t be for cheap, we’re probably looking at around 30-35$ million. He is still so young and has a ton of room to improve, reminds me off Samuel eto. Wouldn’t you want balde in mandzukics role? He’s faster more agile and only lacks in the defensive side of things.