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Liverpool reportedly interested in signing 22-year-old Ligue 1 forward

According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool and Arsenal have joined Italian giants Napoli in the race for AS Monaco winger Keita Balde, who seems on his way out from Stade Louis II after only six months spent in the club.

The 22-year-old forward arrived in French club last summer from Lazio for a fee of €30 million but has struggled to leave a positive impression so far.

Recent reports suggest that Monaco officials are ready to negotiate his sale to recover some funds they invested.

The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is searching for a high-quality replacement for Philippe Coutinho, and Balde could be the right profile considering his skills and relatively low-cost.

Riyad Mahrez and Thomas Lemar are both protected by their clubs with astronomical price tags, which may force the Merseysiders to make a move for the former Barcelona player.

Sadio Mane is Balde’s international colleague, and he could play his part in luring the pacey forward to come to England.