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Tuesday September 29 2020
Lega announce Keita move to Sampdoria

The Lega Serie A have officially announced Keita Balde’s move from AS Monaco to Sampdoria.

The player is currently in home isolation, but the official website of the Lega Serie A has confirmed the contract has been registered.

The Senegalese 25-year-old has contracted coronavirus and his return to Italy has been pushed due to the quarantine period.

Keita has played for Lazio and Inter, and will move to Sampdoria on loan with an option to buy next summer.

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Monday September 28 2020
Sampdoria: Keita has COVID

Sampdoria announce Keita Balde Diao passed a medical for his move from Monaco, but tested positive for COVID-19.

The transfer was agreed several days ago, a loan for €1m with option to buy for another €12m at the end of the season.

He arrived in Genoa this morning for the medical, which highlighted something the clubs and player were not expecting.

“UC Sampdoria announce that AS Monaco authorised the player Keita Balde to travel for a medical, which showed no problems,” read a statement.

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Monday September 28 2020
Keita has medical at Samp

Keita Balde has reportedly arrived for his medical at Sampdoria, ready to complete his move from AS Monaco.

The former Lazio and Inter forward is set for a return to Italy, as SportItalia claims the Blucerchiati bringing him back on a €1m paid loan with a €12m option to buy.

Alfredo Pedulla reveals Keita has arrived at the Albaro Laboratory in Genoa to carry out the required medical visit.

Keita, who scored 31 goals in 134 Serie A games, is expected to sign with Sampdoria later today and complete his return to Italy.

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Monday September 21 2020
Ferrero: 'Keita is a Sampdoria player'

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero confirms Keita Balde Diao will arrive from Monaco, while they are ‘working on’ Inter winger Antonio Candreva.

Keita is set to join on loan for €1m with an option to buy for €10-12m at the end of the season.

“I consider Keita Balde to be a Sampdoria player and he will have his medical over the next few days,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.

The President was also asked about Candreva, who is on the way out of Inter, but considering other offers as well.

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Sunday September 20 2020
Sampdoria: 'Keita soon, waiting for Candreva'

Sampdoria director Carlo Osti confirms Keita Balde Diao should arrive from Monaco ‘over the next few days’ and they are waiting for Antonio Candreva’s decision.

Their season kicks off against Juventus at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Done deal: Keita Balde to Sampdoria

Monaco striker Keita Balde Diao is returning to Serie A, with reports of a done deal with Sampdoria, on loan with option to buy for a total €13m.

Sportitalia claim the details have all been confirmed and we are just waiting for it to be made official.

It’s €1m for the season-long loan and an option to buy in June 2021 for a further €12m.

The 25-year-old spent much of his career in Italy, coming up through the Lazio youth academy and moving to Monaco for €30m in 2017.

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Tuesday June 2 2020
Keita Balde fights for seasonal workers

Former Lazio and Inter striker Keita Balde had to fight in order to find a hotel willing to host 200 seasonal workers in Spain, even when he paid for their food and lodgings.

The forward is currently playing for Monaco and expressed his frustration that the Senegalese workers were forced to sleep in the streets on cardboard.

Despite offering to pay for their food and lodgings, he still couldn’t find a hotel in Lleida prepared to open their doors, with 13 turning them away.

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Thursday April 16 2020
Keita open for Lazio return

Monaco forward Keita Balde Diao said he will ‘never close the door’ on Lazio and has revealed he keeps in touch with former coach Simone Inzaghi.

The Senegalese attacker arrived in the Italian capital from Barcelona in July 2011 and stayed until 2017, when Monaco picked him up for €30m.

Keita contributed 31 goals and 22 assists in his 137 games for the Biancocelesti and will not exclude the chances of a return to the Olimpico.

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Saturday August 10 2019
Fiorentina look to Keita Balde

Keita Balde Diao could be heading back to Serie A yet again, this time on loan from Monaco to Fiorentina.

According to La Repubblica, the Senegal international forward is on the Viola radar for this season.

He came up through the Lazio youth academy and was sold to Monaco for €30m in 2017.

The 24-year-old was on loan at Inter last term, at a cost of €5m, but the Nerazzurri did not take up their option to buy.

Keita could well return to Serie A again for Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in a similar loan with option deal.

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Thursday July 25 2019
Keita alternative to Correa for Milan

Keita Balde Diao of Monaco has emerged as an alternative should Milan fail to secure Angel Correa from Atletico Madrid.

The Rossoneri’s plans to purchase Correa for €40m plus numerous bonuses hit problems this week when Monaco suddenly cancelled their transfer for Andre Silva.

That €30m was meant to raise the necessary funds for Correa, but Sky Sport Italia suggest there are more problems for the Argentina international.

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