Fiorentina’s Manchester United-linked winger Federico Chiesa should avoid making a tempting move to Old Trafford, says a former star of the Serie A side.
As part of his rebuild, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a top new attacker in the upcoming transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is the manager’s top target, but reports say alternatives are being considered.
Indeed, one such alternative is Italy international Chiesa, who was reportedly the subject of a United scouting mission earlier this season.
More recent reports say the Red Devils have tabled a bid close to the Serie A club’s valuation for the 22-year-old.
Speaking to Stats Perform News (via Goal), however, former Fiorentina striker Nuno Gomes said Chiesa should hold off for “another couple of seasons” before making an exciting move.
“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.”
Despite many clubs feeling the financial pinch of football’s recent shutdown, United are reportedly prepared to spend big.
Indeed, Solskjaer said in April that his side could “exploit” the situation when the transfer market re-opens.
More recently, however, United’s debt rose to £429.1million and the club took out a £140million loan.
CHIESA ONE OF SEVERAL TARGETS?
As well as Sancho and Chiesa, Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi is also reportedly a United target.
The 26-year-old Italy international can operate on both wings or play through the middle as a No 10.
Reports in Italy claim the Old Lady could sell him for around £30million.