Liverpool and Newcastle United are both reportedly more interested in Federico Chiesa than previously, and the latter are preparing talks with Juventus.
Liverpool’s summer transfer window has already been action packed. The Reds have sorted out some squad problems, mainly that of the midfield, by signing Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Still linked with a host of star players, though, it looks like they’ll continue to improve.
One of the main names that’s cropping up alongside Liverpool is Juventus winger Chiesa. While other sides have been linked, it’s the Reds’ interest that seems most persistent.
That was ramped up of late, with the suggestion that they were going to meet with Juventus directors in order to discuss a deal.
However, the Reds won’t want to count their chickens just yet. Indeed, a subsequent report suggested that Newcastle had leapfrogged them in the pursuit.
While there was no reason given – though the snare of Italian Sandro Tonali was cited – Italian outlet Calciomercato stated Eddie Howe’s side were the most likely of the two to complete the snare of Chiesa.
Now, it seems both sides are still in with a chance of signing the winger.
Newcastle, Liverpool ramp up Chiesa interest
Indeed, Corriere dello Sport reports both sides are very interested in signing him. In fact, it’s stated the pair are ‘more interested’ in completing the signing than they had previously been.
Why the sudden ramping up of interest has come from both sides is unclear.
However, it’s the Magpies who are bringing the most impetus to the chase at the moment.
The report states they are ‘incredibly ambitious’ and as such have scheduled ‘exploratory talks’ with Juventus to see if there is a deal to be done.
It’s unclear if Liverpool have yet met with Juventus, and how that meeting went if they have done. In any case, things will surely become more clear for both sides soon.
Chiesa a great snare for Newcastle
Were the Magpies the side to pull off the transfer of Chiesa, it would be a great one for them. Having secured Champions League football, they’ll want to continue on their upwards trajectory.
The signing of Tonali from AC Milan is a signal of their intent to do just that.
Signing Chiesa would be more of the same. While hampered by injuries over the last couple of seasons, he’s clearly a very good player; in the 2020/21 season for Juventus in Serie A, he scored eight goals and assisted another eight.
In the Champions League that season, he bagged four goals along with an assist from eight games. Players who are going to impact wins in Europe are what Newcastle want, hence their attempts to sign the winger.