Juventus have turned down Chelsea’s advances to sign Federico Chiesa. The Blues had reportedly tabled a €100m offer, but the Serie A giants have refused to hold any talks. The son of the revered Italian footballing star, Enrico Chiesa, Italy international is currently contracted to Fiorentina.
However, Federico joined Juventus on a two-year loan last summer, with the Old Lady having the option to sign him permanently for as low as €60m. Bianconeri’s unwillingness to negotiate a possible €100m departure makes sense. The club does not technically own Chiesa and had to pay up €10m last summer to sign him on loan for two years.
It means they will make a net profit of only €30m if they do let Federico move to the London club. The Italian winger himself might not be all too keen on leaving Juventus, having enjoyed an incredible Euro 2020 season.
Along with his Juventus teammates in Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, he was vital in helping Italy emerge victorious in the coveted competition. Not to mention, the winger starred for Bianconeri the last campaign, being directly involved in 16 goals in 30 goals.
As such, he has been identified as a crucial future prospect for the Old Lady, perhaps even the face of the club once Cristiano Ronaldo moves on. On the other hand, Chelsea’s desire to sign the Italian attacker stems from the lack of a poster boy upfront.
The Blues haven’t too much luck with the high-profile signings of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech last summer, with the latter even being linked with a possible exit from Chelsea.