Insider claims Chelsea have contacted Serie A club about exciting 22-year-old forward

Chelsea are interested in signing Lazio forward Balde Keita, according to Serie A expert Tancredi Palmeri

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Chelsea have made contact with Lazio about the possibility of signing Balde Keita, according to Serie A expert Tancredi Palmeri.

The Premier League champions have endured a frustrating 2017 summer transfer window so far after failing to land any of their primary targets in the off season.

Chelsea suffered a further blow last week after Manchester United edged into the lead in the race to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku despite Chelsea’s long-term interest.

Indeed, the Blues have only completed a deal to sign Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero this summer to replace Asmir Begovic as Thibaut Courtois’ understudy.

However, Italian football expert Palmeri had some positive news for Chelsea after the beIN Sports reporter revealed that the English champions have made an enquiry about Lazio’s Keita.

Palmeri wrote on Twitter: “Chelsea have contacted Lazio for Balde Keita”

Keita has established himself as an exciting Serie A prospect over the past four seasons in the Italian capital.

The 22-year-old scored 16 times in 31 appearances in Serie A last season, taking his overall tally to 31 goals since breaking into the Eagles’ first-team.

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