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Federico Chiesa responds to Liverpool transfer links as Jurgen Klopp makes ‘guarantees’

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Juventus forward Federico Chiesa is a summer transfer target for Liverpool with manager Jurgen Klopp alerted by the Italy international’s affordable asking price

Liverpool are weighing up a transfer move for Federico Chiesa with Juventus open to selling the Italy international forward this summer.

The Reds were credited with strong interest in the Italian two summers ago in the wake of his starring performances at the European Championships. It was even claimed that an £86million bid had been lodged.

Jurgen Klopp’s team made a quick start to their summer business with the capture of World Cup-winning midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, who joined the club from Brighton. Yet the Merseyside club are intent on a busy summer window of multiple first-team recruits after a disappointing campaign.

Juve’s asking price for Chiesa is likely to be significantly less than it was back in 2021, with a figure of around €35million-€45m (£30m-38.5m) now being touted by Italian media. That is based on several factors, including the club’s own financial situation.

The Bianconeri have missed out on Champions League football next season and will instead compete in the Europa Conference League. That followed on from their failure in Europe’s premier club competition this term, in which they lost five of their six group games.

Max Allegri’s side did recover to reach the Europa League semi-finals but the shortfall in revenue hit the club hard and their Serie A points deduction saw them finish seventh in the Italian top-flight, despite having the largest wage bill in the division.

In January 2022, Chiesa suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out for seven months. That has limited him to just six Serie A starts across the past 18 months as he seeks to steer clear of further injuries.

A report in Calciomercato outlines how Liverpool and Newcastle are both alert to his situation, with Klopp driving the interest on behalf of the Reds. Chiesa is under contract at the Old Lady through to 2025 and there is said to be no possibility of a contract renewal at this stage.

Chiesa said earlier this month, during the international break with Italy: “I am here working with the international team and our goal in the Nations League, then we will see. I am at Juventus and I am thinking about Juventus.”

A separate report in Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by Sport Witness, claims that Liverpool lead the way for any move for the former Fiorentina star and could ramp up their interest next week. Klopp and Liverpool are said to be prepared to offer Chiesa the guarantee of big wages that Juventus are not currently in a position to do.

Chiesa has bagged 22 goals across 94 appearances for Juve since joining the club in 2020.

 

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