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Juventus meet for Balde Keita

May 3, 2017 - 8:29 am

Juventus have met with the agent of Lazio winger Balde Keita but they face competition from AC Milan.

The 22-year-old Senegalese has been in sensational form this season, scoring 13 goals and providing 3 assists for the Biancolesti, bringing him to the attention of a number of European clubs.

Sky Sport Italia reported that Juventus and Milan have both made approaches regarding the player whose contract is due to expire in 2018.

While initial reports in La Repubblica suggested that Lazio were hopeful of agreeing a new deal with the youngster, other Italian newspapers take a different line.

According to La Stampa, Juventus met with Keita’s agent yesterday regarding a possible transfer and it’s reported the players will not be renewing his deal with Lazio.

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    Gerald Quinn May 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

    i find it unfathomable that any player in Italy, or the rest of Europe for that matter, would choose to stay/go to a Milan club or Napoli or Roma or Lazio, if we also come knocking; i mean Juve has the league by it’s balls, and no one has more money than us, so isn’t it a no brainier? Juve signs as they please in italy? same as Bayern in Germany?

    i mean why stay in a losing team or join a losing team, when the best team of the land and it’s surroundings, wants you?

    Welcome Keita Balde
    Welcome Tolisso
    Welcome Di Sciglio? (this one I prefer he not join, but Allegri apparently wants him for some reason)

    does the Signing of Keita Balde mean: No Alexic Sanchez and No Douglas Costa?
    is it really smart to sign KeitaB. over these two players?

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      Dar Black May 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

      GQ, that is disrespectful to the Milan clubs who whilst is a trough are still sleeping / historical giants of the european game. Remember the European Cup count, both have more than us 😉

      Football fortunes of course come and go in cycles, currently we are in an up cycle and the Milan clubs in a down. It has always chopped and changed in Italy. Remember when AC Milan had Gullit, Rijkard and a certain Mr Van Basten? They ruled the roost in Italy and Europe for many a season. Also, remember it is not too long ago after demotion to Serie B that we (in Beppe M’s own words) could not get anybody of name to sign for us – nobody wanted to come.

      With ACM now sold to China and Inter looking to rebuild (both clubs wanting new private stadia), the future for them looks better than it has for a while, and both clubs represent a good ‘project’ for aspiring players who may feel that they will only warm the bench at our place. Very few players want to do that, they all want to start matches and play, and a guaranteed starting berth at either Inter or AC Milan would be an attractive option for many players. We can’t sign everyone, and not everyone will want to come to us. That’s life.

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        Gerald Quinn May 3, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        “Remember when AC Milan had Gullit, Rijkard and a certain Mr Van Basten?”

        i dont think i was alive then, i’m still in my early 20’s, as far back i can remember is Kaka, i think he was in the red milan? but that’s it, oh Cannavaro to, because i remember i started getting into european soccer in the 2006 World cup where italy beat france, and i fell in love with buffon for being so awesome!!!

        Well considering they are the enemy i dont censor myself to nice-eties, but yea you’re right they are rebuilding, idk if Milan has more money than us or what, don’t really know what is wrong with Inter other than they just suck at the moment, i guess it really does pain me to see the Italian clubs so low, after living through the end of their dominant European cycle, I get form and stuff is cyclical, but, for example i can’t imagine there will ever be a time where Barcelona or Real Madrid suck as much as the Milan’s do now. i get not being dominant..but this! this is just sad

        and yes they both have more than us Milan has something like 7??? we have 2??? it doesn’t matter Juve will fix that soon!!! Real and Barca eat your heart out! There is a new Sheriff in TOWN!!!!

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          Gerald Quinn May 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

          the red milan have 7*

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            Gerald Quinn May 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

            blue ones have something like 5??? i could google all this but am to lazy XD

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            Mikhail V. Lobov May 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

            AC have 7; Inter have 3. Both won Seria A 18 times.

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          Dar Black May 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm

          I love your enthusiam for Juve GQ! But please keep an eye out for european football history as it can enlighten you to many things, past, present and future (and save your blushes from time to time).

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          thegutterpoet May 7, 2017 at 2:12 am

          Ac Milan or ‘the red ones’ as my close chum’s eight year old son also calls them, are one of the two historic founding pillars of the royalty of Italian football. They are not our enemies, for we have enjoyed an often beatutiful rivalry and mutual respect for decades.

          This picking up a club with zero interest in its history, its roots or its ethos appals me yet is very much a symptom of a younger generation absent of respect or interest beyond what they can pick up and attach to themselves as an adornment of fleeting prestige.

          The worst of which, gerald…is your comment elsehwhere of ‘fuck Italy’. Which epitomizes what I despise about a section of younger ‘supporters’…

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            Gerald Quinn May 9, 2017 at 3:12 am

            You of all people should know mr “Poet” Man, that words don’t always have a literal meaning, and there is messages in the ways certain words are grouped. That phrase “elsewhere” wasn’t me dissing Italy, it was me telling Italy not to be greedy. oh and I mean the national team, not the country itself. Easy there old man watch the blood pressure XD. don’t let little old me raise it with a phrase you failed to grasp the meaning off.

            Do know I could care less what you or anyone else finds appalling about me, that being said Mr Poet, I never Picked Juve as a Bandwagon team, I did pick Juve for the history and above all the love for some players to rotate in then out. That being said it is FAR FAR Easier for an Italian boy to learn the Club history From the Culture they find themselves immersed in and from Papa and Uncle and Grandpa and family friend, Juve fans. So forgive me that I am 3 Generations apart from my closest Italian relative, and forgive me for not spending my free time Looking into the history of Juve or Serie A, I have a life to live to, unlike most fans of the sport I want a successful life, and don’t wish to follow this sport and team as a distraction to life, or bills and what not. There are more important things to work on.

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            thegutterpoet May 9, 2017 at 10:06 am

            Call me Daniel, by all means…I kept the name from my younger years as it was my old disqus account. I would rather maintain continuity than change and lose links, hence I keep using the same account.

            I will never have any respect for any ‘fan’ who utters ‘fuck italy’ yet asserts any support for Juve. The reasons are obvious.

            Well, that is enough for me. I shall avoid any further locking of horns, as our exchange is leaning towards bother, for myself, for you and likely for others.

            I will simply wish you well in all that matters most, and thank you for the effort put into discussion, no matter our differences of opinion.

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            Gerald Quinn May 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

            sometimes it’s like you just don’t read what I type lol. Again i could care less who my presence bothers or what others think of me, It is a sad and empty life, if one truly spends time thinking about such things. And The “Fuck Italy” comment is taken WAY OUT OF CONTEXT. It was an expression, an IDIOM, not an actual Middle finger to the Country or the National team.

            Lock horns anytime you like Daniel, though I much rather loose the formality and call you “Poet Man” lol. anyhow, i find some of our conversations humorous, and others perhaps tedious, but what is life if we never listen to views and ideas opposite to our own?
            The arguments i find tedious would be once like this one where you drivel on about “fuck Italy” and being a “fan” and other unimportant slightly insulting things. despite me saying it is out of context and you failed to grasp the message. The arguments i find humorous are your pro socialism, and evil USA ones.

            but whatever c’est la vie!

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    JuveMarchisio May 3, 2017 at 10:36 am

    That would be a great signing, aiming for a more powerplayer than a pure lightweighted player, is the way to go I think, especially if we will use next season the same tactics as this season. He spent his youth in the Barcelona – Acadamy, gained experience at Lazio, and hopefully molded to a topplayer at Juve! I prefer him over Douglas Costa and other grashoppers. FAST & STRONG, another good thing it is a sale between Italian clubs 😉

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      Gerald Quinn May 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I Like what i hear “Fast and Strong”, can he really provide the gaols like Sanchez though? scoring 13 goals and providing 3 assists in 30+ games doesnt really sound spectacular to me, i dont know much about this player though, but i love the traits you describe of him being strong as he is fast

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        JuveMarchisio May 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        you can’t compare a solid proven player like Sanchez with Balde. balde is young and need to grow to be BOOYAA. But I rather spend little money on Balde than big bucks on Douglas Costa or another flyer. Our game needs speed and power, Balde is 1m84 and 80kg.. he can be molded in a hard working lethal left winger. I don’t know if Sanchez meets that profile, off course he stupended. But will he show the same heart as Mandzukic does now? We don’t need a guy relying on his one arrow at a game, we need a bulldozer working those flanks with mighty speed. I think Cuadrado fits the profile, he is the profile we want, but just better, 1 on the left and 1 on the right

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          Gerald Quinn May 5, 2017 at 3:07 am

          ” But will he show the same heart as Mandzukic does now?”

          That is the reason why i would Love Sanchez!!! He is like Mandzukic in terms of heart and tireless work ethic. Sanxhez and Ozil are the sole reasons why Arsenal aren’t a mid table PL team this season, He has saved them time and time again with late goals. Now i don’t see Arsenal games, It is possible he isn’t playing well currently (On purpose) because he doesn’t want to be in such a shitty team, and i don’t blame him! neither would I, I have seen a Plethora of Chile games though, and for Chile Alexis Sanchez has a better work rate and more heart than even Vidal.