Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri in pole position to complete January deal for Federico Chiesa | Football | Sport
Chiesa, 20, who plays for Fiorentina is rated as one of the Italy’s brightest young prospects and is on Sarri’s radar.
The winger has started in all three of Fiorentina’s Serie A matches so far this season, and scored during their 6-1 demolition of Chievo in the first game of the season.
A right-winger, it remains to be seen where he will slot into the Chelsea team, but it is possible that Sarri will be forced to sell in order to accommodate him.
Juventus had a £50 million bid turned down flat in the summer but Sarri is weighing up making a move for him in January.
Any Juventus bid made in January is likely to be much higher than the reported £50 million from the summer, and it is likely that Juventus will go back in for the youngster once the window reopens.
Sarri remains a fan of Chiesa, who started during Fiorentina’s 3-0 rout of Napoli towards the end of last season, a game which effectively killed off Sarri’s side’s title chances.
Chiesa admitted he had chosen to stay in Florence instead of leave the club in the summer, but could be tempted once Chelsea come knocking.
But he will face serious competition for him from his former employers Napoli who have expressed an interest in signing him since the summer transfer window closed.
Sarri is refusing to admit defeat in the race to sign Chiesa, who joined Fiorentina’s youth academy as a ten year old a decade ago.
He is in pole position knowing that Napoli don’t have the financial muscle to compete with the Premier League clubs when he comes to going head to head for players.
Following Juventus’ £50 million bid in the summer, Chiesa explained that he believed his future would be better shaped at Fiorentina.
“Fiorentina refused offers of £63 million,” Chiesa said to Corriere Della Sera.
“The summer has been peaceful, there were no anxieties related to the market because, in agreement with the club, I decided that I would stay in Florence.
“It was the best choice, and knowing that I’m worth so much does not detract from my sleep, nor does it affect my life.
“Prices in recent years have skyrocketed and I’m simply going to try and not think about it.”