AS Monaco complete €30 million deal for Keita Balde

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AS Monaco have continued to conduct canny business in the transfer window amidst an exodus of key players, signing Lazio forward Keita Balde for €30 million.

The Senegal international has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions after completing his medical.

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Keita Balde joins AS Monaco after 135 appearances with Lazio spread across four seasons. He scored 31 times, with 16 of those strikes coming last season, and broke into the Senegal national team in 2016.

“I’m very happy to be signing for AS Monaco, a club with a great history,” Balde told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Keita Balde was one of Serie A’s most potent forwards last term, netting 16 league goals from 31 appearances, registering him as Lazio’s second top-scorer behind Ciro Immobile.

He joins a completely reshuffled AS Monaco side that includes the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Rachid Ghezzal and Adama Diakhaby in a new-look strike force.

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