Cagliari Calcio is pleased to announce the signing of the player Keita Baldé. It is an outright purchase.
Born in Spain on March 8, 1995, of Senegalese parents, he started his career with the Youth academy of Barcelona. In 2011 he moved to Italy to play for Lazio's Primavera: he scored 11 goals in 17 games and contributed to the victory of the Scudetto 2012-13.
The following season he was promoted to the first team, making his Serie A debut at the age of 18 at the Olimpico in a 3-0 win to ChievoVerona, on 18 September 2013; he scored his first goal in the top flight on 10 November, in a 1-1 draw against Parma. In February 2014, he scored his first international goal, in the game against Ludogorets for Europa League. Youngest player in the history of the Biancoceleste club to take the field as a starter in a derby, he will leave Lazio with an Italian Super Cup after 137 games, 31 goals, 22 assists.
Numbers and performances that in Summer 2017 convince Monaco to bet on him. With the French team he made his debut in the Champions League on 13 September in the tie (1-1) against RB Leipzig and found his first goal in Ligue1, just a month later, in the home victory against Caen (2-0).
At the end of the season, he played 33 games, netted 8 goals and made 11 assists. He thus moved to Inter: with the Nerazzurri he played 29 games, scored 5 goals and made 2 assists, before returning to the Monegasque club. In his new experience in France: 26 appearances, 8 goals and 4 assists between national competitions and the Champions League. He played last season on loan at Sampdoria scoring 7 goals in 26 games.
He made his debut for Senegal on 26 March 2016 in Dakar against Niger, in a qualifying match for the finals of the African Cup. He took part in the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup in Egypt, reaching the final. In total he boasts 34 appearances with 5 goals.
A complete striker, he can play both as a central striker and as a second striker alongside a weight center forward. He prefers to start wide on the left and then go one-on-one with the defender, where he relies on his qualities in dribbling, his flair, his speed in the first few meters. Particularly fast, lethal in the open field, he is also good at moving in narrow space. He has international experience, got technical and athletic qualities, arrives in Cagliari at the peak of his career: a new arrow for the Rossoblu attack.
Akksil ak diam, Keita!