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Chelsea chase Chiesa as Tuchel eyes attackers

Champions League holders Chelsea are reportedly keen on Juventus star and European Championship winner Federico Chiesa.

The Italian who currently plies his trade for Juventus has been earmarked by Blues boss Thomas Tuchel as he looks to add further attacking reinforcements. Chelsea are in strong contention to win the Premier League this season, while they are also tipped to do well in Europe again.

Chiesa was a key part of the Italy squad that won the European Championship last summer and at 24, can only get better.

Chelsea chase Chiesa as Tuchel eyes attackers

 

Chiesa can add goal threat

Although the player’s club, Juventus are understood to have slapped an £84 million price tag on him, this has not put Tuchel off the player.

Roman Abramovich sanctioned a £98 million move for Romelu Lukaku in the summer to bring the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan.

Although the centre forward is still recovering from an injury, there can be no doubt that his move has been a success.

The addition of Chiesa will provide the Blues with even more of an attacking threat, while the idea of the player linking up with Lukaku and Kai Havertz is a mouthwatering prospect.

His direct play was particularly showcased with Italy in the summer, while he also has an eye for the spectacular, being especially dangerous on his right foot.

 

Worth the money?

In today’s market, £84 million is on balance, considered the ‘norm’ for a player of Chiesa’s ability and potential, though Chelsea may look to sweeten the deal by offering less, along with another player in exchange.

There have been question marks hovering over Hakim Ziyech’s future at the club, who joined from Ajax for £40 million in the summer of 2020 and a part-exchange involving the Moroccan may be a deal that Juve could get behind.

Chiesa would also complement what Chelsea currently have available to them, with Christian Pulisic also now starting to get a look in, while Timo Werner is also starting to prove himself.

Abramovich has already shown that he is willing to part with large sums of money; particularly if it is for a manager that he trusts. After guiding the club to a Champions League victory and seemingly looking strong candidates to win the Premier League title, it appears that Tuchel is in favour.

Chiesa scored the only goal as Juventus beat Chelsea away in the Champions League in September, though was unable to do anything to prevent Juve’s recent 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture. In 15 appearances this season, he has three goals and assists apiece and could certainly provide the current Premier League leaders and Champions League last 16 candidates with a threat.