Sampdoria: ‘Keita soon, waiting for Candreva’

Sampdoria director Carlo Osti confirms Keita Balde Diao should arrive from Monaco ‘over the next few days’ and they are waiting for Antonio Candreva’s decision.

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“We are expecting Keita over the next few days, as he needs to resolve some final issues with Monaco, but we have already agreed everything,” Osti told Sky Sport Italia.

The Blucerchiati have also been heavily linked with Inter winger Candreva and Dinamo Zagreb teenager Antonio Marin.

“Candreva is a player we like a great deal, but we are not the only club interested. It is up to the player and his agent to decide between the various offers and we are waiting to see what happens.

“Our interest in Candreva therefore slows down the pursuit of Marin, as his arrival or not depends on who we get in our wider roles, which in turn also affects the midfielders.”