The agent of Lazio star Keita Balde has formally denied rumours that talks have been held with Juventus and Milan.
The Senegal international seems set to leave the capital this summer, with reports that the Rossoneri are in the race for the winger.
“We have been clear, Lazio have not,” agent Roberto Calenda told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.
“They never gave us any clue as to the plan for Keita, which is also why this season he played in fits and starts. Lazio made a legitimate choice: they didn’t even think about a renewal.
“Therefore, the player is on the market, but we did not turn any offers down because Lazio never told us anything. As far as Lazio are concerned, what the player wants has never been remotely relevant.”
Lazio director Igli Tare states that a renewal offer was tabled, but Keita’s agent stands firm.
“Over the last two years, we have never been offered a renewal. Only in the last week was there a clumsy attempt at negotiation. They suggested a salary that is within the Lazio parameters, but with a top player’s release clause.
“That doesn’t work for us, because Keita is given a huge transfer value just so they can cash in. Lazio see him as an item to be sold.
“It is Lazio who took the player to one year from the end of his contract, so there is only one option: sell now.”
His agent went on to address rumours that there is a possibility of the forward signing for Milan.
“It’s a great club, but we want to understand at this moment what they are and what their future holds.”