Ed Woodward ‘smokescreen’ fails as Man Utd see €50m bid for Italy winger rejected

Date published: Thursday 1st October 2020 8:43 - James Marshment

Manchester United have seen a bid to bring Federicho Chiesa to Old Trafford rejected by Fiorentina, according to a report.

The Red Devils’ bid to strengthen their right wing is becoming one of the sagas of the summer. Having chased Jadon Sancho long and hard, those hopes appear dead in the water after a seeing final £91m offer rejected by Dortmund.

As per reports, the Bundesliga side rejected that offer in an instant. They are understood to have told United he wouldn’t leave for a penny less than £109m (€120m).

United, though, did have a Plan B. As such, reports on Tuesday night claimed a €60m deal for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele was close.

Having been initially sceptical over a move, it’s now suggested Dembele was warming to the idea of joining United.

However, the Daily Telegraph reckons reported interest in Dembele may have acted as a disguise for Chiesa.

According to the paper, United have seen an offer to bring the Italy winger to United on an initial loan has been snubbed by La Viola.

In the report, they claim United asked to loan Chiesa with an option to a €50m (£45m) deal next summer.


Instead, Chiesa is now expected to secure a move to Juventus instead, with a similar deal touted.

The situation leaves United in something of a fix.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster the right side of his attack. He may now turn to Watford’s Ismaila Sarr instead.


United eye Atalanta winger

United are reportedly also working on a deal to sign Atalanta winger Amad Traore before Monday’s deadline.

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The Manchester Evening News claims that talks are progressing and there is cautious optimism from United over a deal.

However, the move for the 18-year-old has been described as ‘not straightforward’ by MEN sources.

Traore, who was born in the Ivory Coast, has not yet won an international cap but may not need a work permit if he has an Italian passport – having moved to Italy at a young age.

The report adds that United have partly moved for Traore before new criteria is drafted up for Premier League clubs to sign 18 to 21-year-old foreign talent post-Brexit.


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