Italian side match bid for Chelsea and Everton target

The race for the signature of Chelsea and Everton target, Keita Balde Diao is heating up daily, with reports claiming Napoli have matched the bid of Juventus for his signature.

According to Talksport, SS Napoli has tabled a bid of £19.5 million for the Senegalese’ signature after learning of similar bid from Juve.

The attacker is in the final year of his current contract and Lazio have been frustrated by his reluctance to accept their offer of a new deal as he continues to hold out for his desired weekly wage. This situation has prompted interest from some of Europe’s top teams, with Chelsea and Everton looking to bring him to the Premier League.

The Toffees have been spending very well in the current transfer window, and Ronald Koeman sees him as an alternative to Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson who they have been pursuing throughout this summer.

Balde is a fast and technically gifted attacker who can play on any side of attack as well as through the middle. His powerful frame and speed have drawn a comparison with his compatriot Sadio Mane.

The player has been silent about his future, but many close to him believe he would leave Lazio if he finds a team willing to meet his wage demand.

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