Liverpool FC Eye Federico Chiesa as Summer Prospect
It seems Liverpool FC have marked Juventus forward Federico Chiesa as a potential summer acquisition. Given the seemingly affordable asking price for the Italy international, manager Jurgen Klopp has shown interest according to a report in Calciomercato.
Chiesa on the Radar
The Reds expressed strong interest in the Italian forward two summers ago, following Chiesa’s outstanding performances at the European Championships. Rumours swirled of an £86 million bid on Liverpool’s part. The Merseyside club have kicked off their summer plans rapidly, roping in Alexis Mac Allister, the World Cup-winning midfielder from Brighton. Despite this significant capture, Liverpool remains eager for multiple first-team additions after a season that didn’t meet expectations.
Financial Nuances and Potential Bargain
Juventus’ asking price for Chiesa may be significantly lower than it was in 2021, around the region of €35 million-€45m (£30m-38.5m), according to Italian media. This reduction in the asking price is attributed to various factors, with Juventus’ financial predicament being one.
Juventus missed out on the Champions League next season, and instead, they’ll be competing in the Europa Conference League. This change came after an unsuccessful run in The Champions League, during which they lost five of their six group games. Despite boasting the largest wage bill in the division, Juventus finished seventh in the Italian top flight due to a points deduction.
Chiesa’s Professional Journey
Chiesa sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January 2022, ruling him out for seven months. As a result, he’s been limited to just six Serie A starts over the past 18 months, keen on avoiding further injuries.
Chiesa remains under contract with Juventus through 2025, and no contract renewal seems likely at this point. “I am here working with the international team and our goal in the Nations League, then we will see. I am at Juventus and I am thinking about Juventus,” Chiesa stated earlier this month, during the international break with Italy.
The Next Step for Liverpool FC and Klopp
Both Liverpool and Newcastle are reportedly aware of Chiesa’s situation, with Klopp leading the interest on behalf of the Reds.
It’s suggested that Klopp and Liverpool are ready to provide Chiesa with the promise of high wages, a commitment that Juventus is currently unable to match.
Since joining Juventus in 2020, Chiesa has managed to notch up 22 goals across 94 appearances for the club. If a move to Liverpool does materialise, Chiesa could be an exciting prospect for Jurgen Klopp and his squad as they look to bolster their lineup for the coming season.