Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa is expected to be one of the more highly coveted players in the next transfer window, with the 22-year-old on the radar of several big teams both in Italy and around Europe.
Chelsea had been thrown into the mix recently as well, alongside fellows Premier League outfit Manchester United.
And one of those two may have already knocked on some doors, with Fiorentina director Joe Barone confirming an approach from an English team.
“Chiesa is a Fiorentina player. There are clubs knocking at the door for Chiesa, some of them who speak English… We’ll see, for the moment we just need to finish the season and he is very concentrated on doing well for us.”
-Joe Barone; source: La Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia
Interest and inquiries don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things of course, and Fiorentina are unlikely to release their star player easily — especially in a summer that’s expected to see fewer and less outrageous transfer fees thrown about thanks to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (And that’s before we assume there’s no residual angst after the whole Mohamed Salah-drama.)
Chiesa’s contract ends in two years, so Fiorentina still hold most of the cards in this situation. If Chelsea are serious, it’s going to take serious money at the very least.