Should Liverpool Keep Chasing Chiesa?

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are keeping their cards close to their chest during pre-season, and with good reason. After crowning the previous campaign with victory in the Champions League, the Reds have already been linked with a host of world-class players, amidst expectations of renewed efforts to launch another assault on the Premier League title.

Liverpool spent over £160 million in the summer of 2018, splashing the cash to bring in Naby Keïta, Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri. All four players settled in quickly and made excellent contributions. However, the Reds agonisingly missed out on top spot by just one point, as Manchester City secured the Premier League title for a second consecutive season.

While the pursuit of a first league title since the 1989-90 season continues, it’s fair to say many have expected another heavy outlay on additional reinforcements by Liverpool, hence the variety of big-name talents being linked with potential moves to Anfield. One of the most interesting of late is that of Fiorentina forward, Federico Chiesa.

Some of us are old enough to remember what a fine player Enrico Chiesa was back in the 1990s, while his son has all the hallmarks of being even better. Since making his breakthrough with Fiorentina during the 2016-17 season, Federico Chiesa has provided 19 assists and scored 15 goals in 100 Serie A appearances, along with making 13 appearances for Italy.

As an attacking player capable of playing on either flank or through the middle, Chiesa has recently been linked with both Juventus and Liverpool. However, have quoted Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso standing firm regarding the future of the supremely talented young player: “We won’t sell him even for €100 million”.

The biggest problem for the Italian club will be matching the ambitions of Chiesa, given they struggled last season and finished just three points above the relegation zone. Although the new owner has greater ambitions, the latest Serie A betting odds for Fiorentina has them priced as 80/1 title outsiders, while top-four chances are somewhat better at 7/1 odds.

Much will depend on where Chiesa sees his future, and whether he believes the new ownership at Fiorentina can genuinely turn the fortunes of the club around. Juventus have reportedly expressed an interest and there’s no better club in Italian football right now, having won eight consecutive Serie A titles. They also boast the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in their side.

Whether there’s serious interest from Liverpool remains to be seen, despite various outlets claiming the Reds have monitored Chiesa for some time. By contrast, The Mirror recently outlined the current Anfield transfer strategy, with focus apparently aimed towards signing teenage sensations. Good examples are the £1.3 million capture of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, or the expected arrival of 16-year-old Harvey Elliott from Fulham.

Chiesa certainly has youth on his side and would undoubtedly be an excellent signing, yet it seems unlikely the club would be prepared to spend over €100 million and smash their transfer record to land his signature. That said, there has been speculation the young star may try to force an exit from Fiorentina, should a firm offer arrive. Whether Liverpool decide to throw their hat in the ring with a cheeky bid, remains to be seen.


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