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Mercato: Keita Balde Lined Up As Perisic Replacement

Inter look set to replace Ivan Perišić with 22-year-old Lazio winger Keita Balde. Balde is expected to cost around €20m with €5m in additional performance bonuses.

Baldehas agreed personal terms with Inter on a 5-year contract worth €3m/year.

The 22-year-old was given the day off by Lazio on Sunday, and while agent Roberto Calenda stated it was planned, reports indicate there was more to the absence.

So what are Inter getting in Keita? A younger, more direct version on Perisic. Kieta scored 16 times for Lazio in Serie A last season, compared to Perisic’s 11 goals. Where Perisic’s shinned was in assists (8 to 3) and chances created (61 to 43).

With Perisic, he is the finished product. He is not going to get much better. That is not the case with Keita, who still has a lot of upside. If he can add a little more creativity to his game he could be a terrific signing;

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