Reports are emerging that Manchester United are intensifying their pursuit of Federico Chiesa, the prominent Juventus forward, who has also sparked interest from Liverpool.
Chiesa, aged 25, gained significant recognition for his stellar performances for Italy in the European Championships in 2021. However, a major knee injury subsequently impeded his progress. An anterior cruciate ligament injury sidelined him for roughly 10 months, with his return to action marked in November 2022.
While the Italian attacker experienced difficulties post-injury last season, he has commenced the 2023/24 season on a high note, with four goals scored in his initial six Serie A matches representing Juventus.
During the summer transfer period, Liverpool expressed strong interest in Chiesa as they explore potential replacements for Mo Salah.
However, Manchester United is also entering the fray, especially given their current dearth of options in wide positions, with both Jadon Sancho and Antony unavailable for differing reasons.
According to information sourced from Calciomercato, and conveyed by Sport Witness, Manchester United have zeroed in on Chiesa as a potential substitute for Sancho. The reports further convey Manchester United’s intentions to finalize a deal with Chiesa ‘as early as January’. Juventus, on the other hand, are reportedly not willing to let him go for anything less than €60m.
Chiesa’s contract with Juventus runs through 2025, but it’s reported that Juventus is aiming to prolong his contract until 2026, as a strategic move to deter the burgeoning interest from Premier League clubs.
On the matter of Sancho, Manchester United’s legend, Roy Keane believes forgiveness would be readily available if he “showed some humility” and extended apologies to his fellow teammates.