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Liverpool Came Close To Signing Italy International Last Summer For £59.7m

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Liverpool Came Close To Signing Italy International Last Summer For £59.7m

Liverpool came close to signing Italy international Federico Chiesa last summer before his move to Juventus, according to reports.

Chiesa, 24, is one of Italian football's biggest talents and has already made 38 appearances for the Azzurri, playing a major role in their Euro 2020 triumph under Roberto Mancini.

The all-action winger has scored 17 goals in 59 games for Juventus since joining the Old Lady on a two-year loan from Fiorentina, with the deal said to include an obligation to buy at the end of this season.

Federico Chiesa reportedly turned down a move to Liverpool last summer (Image credit: Alamy)
Federico Chiesa reportedly turned down a move to Liverpool last summer (Image credit: Alamy)
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But things could have turned out very differently for Chiesa had he accepted a move to the Premier League earlier in his career.

According to Italian journalist Niccolo Ceccarini, Fiorentina agreed a €70m (£59.7m) deal with Liverpool for Chiesa in 2020.

However, the proposed transfer collapsed with the winger determined to move to Juventus.

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“I’ll tell you a background: Fiorentina had reached an agreement with Liverpool for €70m, but the negotiations did not go through due to the boy’s desire to go to Juventus,” Ceccarini told Viola News.

“And so there was the famous two-year loan [to Juventus].”

Chiesa, who is currently sidelined after suffering a thigh injury last month, remains linked with a move to English football.

Chiesa instead joined Juventus on a two-year loan (Image credit: Alamy)
Chiesa instead joined Juventus on a two-year loan (Image credit: Alamy)
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Italian journalist Enzo Bucchioni says Chelsea were impressed by Chiesa in their two meetings with Juventus in the Champions League this season.

Bucchioni claims the London club are now preparing a €84m (£71.7m) bid for the Italy international.

He said: "Chelsea have decided to take action and offer €84m for Federico Chiesa.

"Evidently seeing him play twice closely has removed the last doubts and Tuchel gave the OK and the operation has officially started through intermediaries."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Liverpool, Juventus, Fiorentina, Italy, Federico Chiesa, Premier League, Transfers, Football, Serie A

Rory O'Callaghan
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