Monaco complete signing of winger Keita Balde from Lazio
Monaco news

Monaco complete signing of winger Keita Balde from Lazio

30/08/2017

Monaco have completed the signing of Senegal winger Keita Balde from Lazio on a five-year deal.

The Ligue 1 champions were busy on Tuesday while anticipating the impending departure of Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain. Monaco also signed Stevan Jovetic from Inter earlier in the day.

Monaco said Balde will wear the No. 14 shirt, but they did not announce Jovetic's number -- perhaps tellingly as purportedly leaked photos on Monday showed him wearing Mbappe's No. 10.

The Balde move could clear the way for Monaco to sell Thomas Lemar, after reports said Liverpool had lodged a club record ВЈ55.5 million offer for the France international, and the Liverpool Echo said they could try again at £75m (€80m).

Balde, a former Barcelona youth product, had 16 goals and three assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season at Lazio, where he has played since debuting as an 18-year-old in 2013.

Monaco pipped Inter Milan to Balde's signature, while Juventus previously had an offer for the 22-year-old rejected. Lazio had been reportedly demanding more than €30m, though no transfer fee was confirmed.

"I'm very happy to be signing for AS Monaco, a club with a great history. I'm very pleased to be here and can't wait to start playing," Balde said in a statement.

"A lot of players and friends have said good things to me about the club, the spirit in the squad and the team. When you get the chance to come here, you accept straight away.

"It's the ideal project for me. I'm very happy to be joining a strong squad, with big players who had a brilliant season last year."

Only a day earlier, Lazio sporting director Igli Tare had said that neither Monaco nor Inter were close to matching their valuation of the player, but the principality club have now moved quickly to strike a deal.

"We are delighted to welcome Keita Balde to AS Monaco," Monaco CEO Vadim Vasilyev said. "He is a young forward who already has over 100 appearances in Serie A and also has experience of European competition.

"He's a player we've been monitoring for some time, who has already shown a lot of quality and in whom we have a lot of faith to continue building a strong side this season."

Related news

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40

Gianluigi Buffon has begun his new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain following 17 years with Juventus.

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Nice have officially named Patrick Vieira as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot

A second-half hat-trick from Memphis Depay in a 3-2 victory over Nice secured Champions League football for Lyon on the final weekend of Ligue 1 action.

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain crashed to their first home defeat of the season since March 2016 as Rennes clinched a Europa League place with a shock 2-0 win.

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty

A last-gap Fabinho penalty earned Monaco a 1-0 home win over St Etienne on Saturday as the principality side moved up to second in Ligue 1 with one game remaining.

Paris Saint-Germain win Coupe de France to secure domestic treble

Paris Saint-Germain win Coupe de France to secure domestic treble

Paris Saint-Germain secured the domestic treble with a 2-0 victory over third-tier minnows Les Herbiers in the Coupe de France final.

Lyon hold onto second spot as Metz are relegated

Lyon hold onto second spot as Metz are relegated

Olympique Lyonnais took another step towards finishing second in Ligue 1 and claiming a Champions League spot as Bertrand Traore's double led them to a 3-0 home win against relegation-threatened Troyes on Sunday.

Amiens secure Ligue 1 survival in draw with Paris Saint-Germain

Amiens secure Ligue 1 survival in draw with Paris Saint-Germain

Amiens ensured they will be playing Ligue 1 football again next season after drawing 2-2 with champions Paris St Germain at the Stade de la Licorne on Friday night.

Late Edinson Cavani double rescues point for PSG against Guingamp

Late Edinson Cavani double rescues point for PSG against Guingamp

Two late goals from Edinson Cavani spared Paris St Germain from defeat but the Ligue 1 champions lost their perfect home record with a 2-2 draw against Guingamp.

RELATED NEWS

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40
PSG news

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40

Gianluigi Buffon has begun his new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain following 17 years with Juventus.

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit
Nice news

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Nice have officially named Patrick Vieira as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot
Lyon 3 - 2 Nice

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot

A second-half hat-trick from Memphis Depay in a 3-2 victory over Nice secured Champions League football for Lyon on the final weekend of Ligue 1 action.

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes
PSG 0 - 2 Rennes

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain crashed to their first home defeat of the season since March 2016 as Rennes clinched a Europa League place with a shock 2-0 win.

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty
Monaco 1-0 St Etienne

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty

A last-gap Fabinho penalty earned Monaco a 1-0 home win over St Etienne on Saturday as the principality side moved up to second in Ligue 1 with one game remaining.

Paris Saint-Germain win Coupe de France to secure domestic treble
Les Herbiers 0 - 2 PSG

Paris Saint-Germain win Coupe de France to secure domestic treble

Paris Saint-Germain secured the domestic treble with a 2-0 victory over third-tier minnows Les Herbiers in the Coupe de France final.

Lyon hold onto second spot as Metz are relegated
Lyon 3 - 0 Metz

Lyon hold onto second spot as Metz are relegated

Olympique Lyonnais took another step towards finishing second in Ligue 1 and claiming a Champions League spot as Bertrand Traore's double led them to a 3-0 home win against relegation-threatened Troyes on Sunday.

Amiens secure Ligue 1 survival in draw with Paris Saint-Germain
Amiens 2 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain

Amiens secure Ligue 1 survival in draw with Paris Saint-Germain

Amiens ensured they will be playing Ligue 1 football again next season after drawing 2-2 with champions Paris St Germain at the Stade de la Licorne on Friday night.

Late Edinson Cavani double rescues point for PSG against Guingamp
PSG 2 - 2 Guingamp

Late Edinson Cavani double rescues point for PSG against Guingamp

Two late goals from Edinson Cavani spared Paris St Germain from defeat but the Ligue 1 champions lost their perfect home record with a 2-2 draw against Guingamp.