Chelsea have moved ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign a star Serie A forward, a report claims.
Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa enjoyed his best ever season in Serie A last campaign where he helped La Viola finish eighth, scoring six times in 36 Serie A appearances.
That has led to linked with three of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, with Gazzetta dello Sport claiming Fiorentina have tried to put off suitors by raising his asking price to an eye-watering €70million.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been linked with the 20-year-old, but the Express now claims that Chelsea have emerged as frontrunners.
Their report claims that Maurizio Sarri is confident of beating his former club Napoli to Chiesa’s signature due to the financial situation surrounding the Naples club.
AC and Inter Milan have also both been linked, though there are also question marks over whether they could match Chelsea’s spending power.
Fiorentina’s joint-owner Diego Della Valle claimed in June that there is no reason for Chiesa to leave.
“I don’t know anything, I can talk as a fan, but the President is my brother Andrea,” he told FirenzeViola.it.
“The lad is looking great, plus he has the perfect father. He’s happy at Fiorentina. Where else should he go?”
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