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Chelsea have joined the race to sign Lazio attacker Keita Balde Diao, according to Football Italia.

Keita was formerly a member of Barcelona’s illustrious La Masia academy, but was released in 2011 and was snapped up by Lazio.

During his time in Italy, he has been given the opportunity to develop into one of the most explosive attackers in the Serie A.

Throughout his first three seasons in a Lazio shirt, he bagged just 15 goals, but found the back of the net 16 times last campaign, more-than-doubling his goal haul.

His good performances last term appear to have captured the attention of Premier League champions Chelsea, who as per Football Italia, are now considering making a move to sign the 22-year-old.

Football Italia report that Keita’s contract expires in a year’s time, but Lazio will still demand £26.5m in exchange for their star performer. Only time will tell if Chelsea are prepared to meet that fee.

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