Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa.
The Italy winger was first mentioned back in May as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho, with United and Chelsea both keen.
Chelsea have, of course, since signed Hakim Ziyech and are also chasing Kai Havertz. United’s interest, however, has always bubbled near the surface.
Chiesa, 22, has scored seven goals and provided three assists for his team-mates in 30 appearances in all competitions this season.
But while that offer is said to have been rejected, Corriere Fiorentino reports that United are close to upping it. They state United are now willing to match La Viola’s £60m asking price for Chiesa.
However, despite seemingly nearing an agreement, there appears no guarantee United will actually sign Chiesa.
Indeed, the Italian paper states there is still some considerable distance to go before they land Chiesa. That’s because the youngster and his father – former Italy star Enrico Chiesa – never saw his career taking him abroad.
Furthermore, they say United will need to be “extra convincing” if they are to prise Chiesa away from Serie A.
The 22-year-old is also on Newcastle’s wanted list, but they are not thought to have entered Chiesa’s thinking.
It’s reported that Chiesa’s other suitors – namely Juventus and Inter Milan – would have a stronger chance were they to make a move.
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“In my opinion, a young player like him should stay in Italy,” Gomes said.
“It would be his best choice. He is still 22 so another couple of seasons will make him improve before leaving to another country.
“But for sure he would be ready for LaLiga or the Premier League. He has already been an international many times and has much experience under his belt in Serie A, a very tough league.
“He will be ready for an adventure abroad but the choice must be his and Fiorentina’s.”