Sampdoria: Keita has COVID

Sampdoria announce Keita Balde Diao passed a medical for his move from Monaco, but tested positive for COVID-19.

The transfer was agreed several days ago, a loan for €1m with option to buy for another €12m at the end of the season.

He arrived in Genoa this morning for the medical, which highlighted something the clubs and player were not expecting.

“UC Sampdoria announce that AS Monaco authorised the player Keita Balde to travel for a medical, which showed no problems,” read a statement.

Sampdoria announce Keita Balde Diao passed a medical for his move from Monaco, but tested positive for COVID-19.

The transfer was agreed several days ago, a loan for €1m with option to buy for another €12m at the end of the season.

He arrived in Genoa this morning for the medical, which highlighted something the clubs and player were not expecting.

“UC Sampdoria announce that AS Monaco authorised the player Keita Balde to travel for a medical, which showed no problems,” read a statement.

“During the course of the tests and COVID-19 protocol, the player was found to be lightly positive: we specify the player did not have any contact with the ‘match day group’ and is self-isolating.

“The sanitary procedures will be put into practice, as per protocol.”

Lightly positive means that although Keita does have COVID-19, he has a light viral load, so should be asymptomatic.

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