The transfer rumours continue to link Liverpool with players from all over Europe, and a new name in the frame is Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa.
It’s no secret that the Reds will need to bring in at least one new face into the attack this summer.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were exceptional throughout 2017/18, but the lack of cover for them was apparent both domestically and, crucially, in the Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp will have his choice of main targets, if the rumours doing the rounds are to be believed, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic heavily linked again.
In addition, Nabil Fekir can play through the midfield and forward lines, offering further options and versatility should he sign from Lyon.
Now, though, an entirely new name has entered the frame as a potential addition.
Peccato per la sconfitta, ma molto felice ed onorato per l’esordio con la nazionale.????? pic.twitter.com/dDAICLR5Dw
— Federico Chiesa (@federicochiesa) March 24, 2018
Position: Left wing, right wing, support forward
Potential fee: Over €50 million
First reported by: Gazzetta, Italian media
Also reported by: n/a
Gazzetta report that the Reds are ready to join what would be a clash of European giants for Chiesa’s signature this summer.
Already Inter Milan and Napoli have seen bids rejected, while Juventus, Inter Milan both Manchester clubs and the Reds are willing to join the auction.
Chiesa starred for Fiorentina this season, showing great invention and attacking flair, mostly playing from either wing.
He netted six goals in Serie A along the way and added the same number of assists, impressing enough to earn a call-up to the national team.
Chiesa ended the season in the top 10 of Italy’s top flight for both average shots per game and average dribbles per game—highlighting his quick rise, this being only his second season as a senior player.
While it remains to be seen if the interest is genuinely at the stage of being ready to splash out so much on him, he’s certainly an interesting performer in a position the Reds badly need to add to.
Given the success of the transfers Klopp, Michael Edwards and Co. have managed to bring in over the last two years—particularly in attack—fans should be excited for whoever they identify as the next key addition.