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The agent of Lazio starlet Keita Balde Diao has handed Manchester United and Liverpool a boost by admitting the young forward sees his future in England.
talkSPORT told you back in December that both north-west giants have monitored the 19-year-old, who has burst onto the scene at the Italian capital club this season.
The Spain-born forward has already managed four Serie A goals, despite starting only six of his 16 league appearances.
His representative Ulisse Savini says the youngster is concentrating on filling the boots of Hernanes, who left Lazio for Inter Milan in January, but revealed he could end up in the Premier League in the future.
He told TMW: "It is normal to receive the attentions of some foreign team every weekend. I know of appreciation, but there has still been no direct contact with me. The idea, following the sale of Hernanes, is to exploit the opportunity to follow the Brazilian's path and become a hub of the team.
"A player like Keita, if he was to leave Lazio, will never find a team that can afford him in Italy. How much is he worth? If I say a price, according to my own judgement, he cannot be worth less than £12.5m.
"I think Keita would play in English football in the future - I can see him much better there than in Germany, for example. And probably in his head, the aspiration of playing in the Premier League is important."