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Report: Liverpool contact Chiesa, almost signed him last year

Liverpool have contacted Juventus about Federico Chiesa, with reports claiming that they even agreed a deal to sign him last summer.

The Reds are on the lookout for competition for the front three. Young players with the potential to succeed the likes of Mohamed Salah in the long term are likely to be top of the shortlist.

Chiesa appears to be one that the club are big fans of.

Calciomercato report that he is an option being considered by Liverpool, and they even claim that they agreed a deal in principle to sign him from Fiorentina last year.

However, the player wanted to play for Juventus and joined the Turin side instead. He signed on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy.

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The deal is likely to be worth around €60m (£51m) when all is said and done.

The Italian outlet claims that Liverpool are still interested in signing Chiesa, but he is considered non-transferable by Juve unless a huge offer comes in.

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Anyone who wants to sign the 23-year-old will have to pay around €90m (£77m).

Chiesa to Liverpool an interesting development

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News of Liverpool agreeing a deal to sign Chiesa last year is quite interesting.

We knew that they were on the hunt for a new forward and they eventually settled on Diogo Jota.

Would they have signed Chiesa had his heart not been set on a move to Juventus? It is hard to know at this moment.

However, there is rarely smoke without fire, there probably is something to this story.

Chiesa would be perfect for Liverpool in a year or two from now.

Eventually, when Mo Salah leaves, he would be the ideal man to come in and play on that right side.

He was arguably Juventus’ best player last season with eight goals and eight assists in Serie A.

He has also shone for Italy at Euro 2020, including scoring the equaliser against Spain in the semi-final to help Italy into Sunday’s final.

This comes without mentioning the form he showed at Fiorentina as a youngster to make Juventus and Liverpool believe that he was worth £50m.

However, while he is useful across the front three, he is at his best off the right.

Salah probably has at least another two seasons left at Anfield. While he could play as a 9, it is unlikely that he will do so regularly.

So, will Chiesa really want to come in and have to fight for a starting place for the next few years when he can be a key man for a huge club like Juventus?

We don’t think so.

Unfortunately, we cannot see this deal happening for this reason.

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