Chelsea launch fresh assault on fearless Euro giant for nine-figure transfer

Theo Hernandez battling with Federico Chiesa

Chelsea could launch a new attempt to sign Federico Chiesa in 2022, according to reports, despite being told €100m wasn’t enough in the summer.

Chiesa was one of the stars of Italy’s success at Euro 2020, catching the eye of many clubs along the way. The former Fiorentina winger joined Juventus last summer on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy. Halfway through that spell, rumours were already surfacing about his next step.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool were linked to chiesa over the summer. Juventus would have had to buy him out of his loan one year early before selling him on for profit. But they were unwilling to do so, instead fending off his suitors.

Chelsea seemed the most keen and were ready to pay €100m. But even that wasn’t enough to tempt Juventus to prematurely sell someone who could be a key man for years to come.

Nevertheless, Chelsea could still try to deprive them of the 23-year-old in the coming months.

They may even have to break their transfer record for a third consecutive year to do so after splashing the cash on Kai Havertz in 2020 and Romelu Lukaku in 2021. Juventus’ stance over Chiesa is showing little sign of changing.

In fact, Calciomercato warn that Juventus plan to pay Fiorentina the required €40m for Chiesa’s permanent transfer at the end of the season. Then, they could top it up with €10m in bonuses.

Chiesa, who has one goal from his first four Serie A appearances of the current season, remains central to Juve’s plans. Therefore, they are unlikely to sanction a sale to Chelsea despite the prospect of doubling their money.

The Blues are not his only admirers, with the report claiming Liverpool and Bayern Munich also remain in the hunt. Liverpool need more depth in attack, with their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all 29 years old. And with Salah and Mane set for African Cup of Nations duty mid-season, it is an area they could be left light in.

But Juventus class Chiesa as “absolutely untouchable” and interest from other clubs does not “scare” them, so all those suitors seem set for disappointment.

Federico Chiesa Euro 2020 final TEAMtalk

The report concludes with the remark that Juventus have put “Chiesa at the centre of the village”. That makes reference to a French proverb that became popularised in Italy during the past decade. Chiesa’s surname is the same as “church” in Italian, and “the church is at the centre of the village” means something is in its rightful place.

Therefore, it may take an offer of unimaginable proportion to make Juve change their minds. And in that regard, there may be better value-for-money options available.

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