Manchester United and Chelsea facing competition from AC Milan in the race for Lazio attacker Keita Balde, according to reports
The Senegalese international set a new record for the quickest hat-trick in the Serie A with a quickfire treble, netting three first-half goals for Rome club against Palermo on Sunday.
Balde Keita scored the fast Serie A hattrick of the millennium!
It took him just 6 minutes🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/OvKd4CJFrW
— AccaTracker App (@AccaTrackerTM) April 23, 2017
The 22-year-old thus improved his tally to 11 goals this season and bettered his own total for the previous three years combined and is reportedly rated at around €30m by the Italian club.
However, Balde’s future is still the subject of much speculation as he is yet to pen a contract beyond 2018. He is definitely getting a lot of attention, and that could enable Simone Inzaghi’s side to sell him at the right price in the next transfer window.
Italian news outlet Il Messaggero (via talkSport) claim that the Premier League duo are interested in Lazio the 22-year-old, but sleeping Italian giants AC Milan are willing to offer the rapid winger £1.87m a year to join them this summer.
Should be mentioned that back in 2015, after the Super Cup fixture against Juventus Keita argued angrily with Lazio president Claudio Lotito, and his agent demanded that the winger is sold, saying: “He must play regularly at his age.”
The Arbùcies-born forward 29 appearances for Biancocelesti in all competitions this season and has had a hand in 15 goals.