Keita Balde Diao has arrived to complete his transfer from Monaco and confessed Luciano Spalletti was “very important” when choosing Inter.
The former Lazio striker drove to Milan and was greeted outside the hotel by reporters, including Sky Sport Italia crew.
“I am really very happy to be here, though I’ll be able to talk more tomorrow,” said the Senegal international.
“Spalletti was very important in my decision. Now I’m going to get some rest, as I have a big day tomorrow.”
Keita will have his medical on Monday morning before signing the five-year contract.
So what type of player are Inter getting for a €5m loan with option to buy at the end of the season for another €34m?
They are getting a winger who has raw pace, brilliant dribbling ability and is difficult to contain when he is running directly at a defender. He loves to cut in from the left and can receive and give the ball quickly. He is also capable of crossing with pace and can shoot.
What Keita Balde will bring to Inter is someone who can carry the ball a great distance and quickly. When playing the likes of Juventus or Champions League opposition, he will be perfect for the counter-attack.
After the arrival of Lautaro Martinez, he would further lift the burden of goals that has sat on Mauro Icardi’s shoulders, giving the Spalletti a a player for the future who can grow with some of the other bright young hopes.