Chelsea are reportedly considering a second move for Juventus star Federico Chiesa as they look to bolster their attacking options in 2022.
It has been claimed that the Blues made a sensational £85million offer for the Italy international during the summer transfer window.
Although there wasn’t any confirmation that the bid was officially submitted, it showed that Chelsea were preparing to make a statement of intent with a late swoop.
The winger was impressive for Italy at the European Championships, scoring the opener in the last-16 tie against Austria before netting in the semi-final win over Spain.
At just 23, Chiesa is still part of Juventus’ long-term plans despite still being on loan at the Allianz Stadium.
He moved to Turin in September 2020 on a two-year loan deal from Fiorentina, but Juventus do have an obligation to buy for £34.3million at the end of the season.
Even if the Italian side activate that clause in his contract, Chiesa could still be sold on should they get a good enough offer.
After scoring 14 goals in 43 appearances during his first season at the club, it is possible that they will do that, with Juventus struggling financially and moving the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo off the books this summer.
According to Calcio mercato Mercato, Chelsea will try their luck to sign Chiesa and are expected to approach the Serie A giants in the next few months.
Max Allegri, though, has previously admitted about how important he is to the club which could indicate that signing him might prove to be tough.
Chiesa played a vital role in Juventus’ first league win of the season on Wednesday, netting the second goal as they came from behind to earn a 3-2 win over Spezia.
In August, Allegri spoke to Mercato about how much he values Chiesa: “His best quality is his realisation because he shoots a lot on goal and plays one-on-one. In my opinion, he performs more on the right, even if on the left he also played very well.”
As Allegri said, Chiesa is capable of playing on either wing and can also operate through the middle, as proved with Italy against England in the Euro 2020 final.
His versatility could be important as Thomas Tuchel looks to build his side but should Chelsea go through with the deal then it puts a few players’ futures into doubt.
Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have struggled for regular game time so far this campaign, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi has also failed to gain sustained minutes.
Chelsea are next in action against Chiesa’s Juventus this Wednesday and it could be the perfect opportunity for the attacker to show why the Blues should sign him.