Federico Chiesa has denied any fall-out with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and branded transfer links with Liverpool and Chelsea as “pointless gossip”.
The Azzurri star was at his devastating best on Wednesday night as he latched on to a ball into the area to smash past Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal.
Just 11 seconds after the restart the goal was timed at. It caught Chelsea cold as they slipped to a damaging 1-0 defeat in Group H of the Champions League.
Chiesa has seen his stock rise dramatically over the summer. He was integral to Italy’s Euro 2020 success and is understood to be on a the radar of a number of big clubs.
Christian Falk from Bild in fact reported that Chelsea had lodged an offer of €100m. The Old Lady rejected it out of hand.
Liverpool then had the same answer, according to Italian paper Repubblica.
The Old Lady have already spent €10m on a two-year loan for Chiesa that began last season.
They then have an obligation to buy Chiesa next summer for €40m from Fiorentina. With bonuses included, the total cost to the Italian side is set to be around €60m.
Still, they resisted all offers to sell in the summer and it’s easy to see why.
Chiesa: ‘I’ve never had a problem with the coach’
Asked about the speculation, Chiesa told Amazon Prime Italia: “I’ve never had a problem with the coach. This was just created by the media. I do whatever he asks, there’s no issue here.
“I know you lot like it when Juve start the season badly, so you can start with pointless gossip. But we are all behind the coach and want to bring Juve back to the years of dominating the Scudetto race.”
A report over the weekend claimed Chelsea remain hot on the trail of the speedy winger.
According to Calciomercato, the Blues “will try” again to take Chiesa in 2022.
They may even have to break their transfer record for a third consecutive year to do so after splashing the cash on Kai Havertz in 2020 and Romelu Lukaku in 2021.