Local newspaper reveals Liverpool’s club-record bid to sign rapid 23-year-old

Liverpool have reportedly made a massive £86million bid to sign Federico Chiesa from Juventus but it was rejected, with the Italian considered non-transferrable.

According to Italian newspaper Repubblica, the Reds made what would be a club-record bid to sign Chiesa as well as the second-highest Premier League offer.

The verdict, however, is that Juventus rejected the bid and Max Allegri considers Italy’s EURO 2020 star to be ‘non-transferrable’ which means signing him this summer will be almost impossible.

Of course, every player has his price but Liverpool are unlikely to be the club to find it. As it is, I have my doubts that the Reds are willing to spend nearly £90m on Chiesa.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Federico Chiesa of Italy kisses The Henri Delaunay Trophy following his team's victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Federico Chiesa of Italy kisses The Henri Delaunay Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old was fantastic for Juventus last season despite their struggles. He scored 15 goals and assisted a further 11 and beat his total tally of 20 direct goal contributions from the 2019/20 season.

Juventus signed him on loan with an option to buy for €40million but they are now understandably unwilling to part with him for anything less than a massive fee after he lit the EUROs up.

Transfermarkt value the forward at £63million but Juventus likely want closer to £100m and he’d solve the issues Liverpool had last season. While Mohamed Salah was fantastic, scoring 29 goals for the Reds, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were poor at times.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

One of Liverpool’s biggest issues has been that when they’re desperately looking for a goal, they’re too predictable in the way they go in search of it. Too many crosses and predictable movement has hamstrung them.

Chiesa might still be green, might make poor decisions at times and he definitely isn’t perfect but you cannot say he is predictable.

The former Fiorentina high-flyer is a bundle of energy and it seems as though even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next and in this way, he reminds me of Luis Suarez only in a less manic way.

His dribbling is incredible. The 1.8m forward seems to breeze past defenders and while his ability to run with the ball might be his strongest asset, his passing is underrated.

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 03: Federico Chiesa of Juventus celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese Calcio at Allianz Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Turin, Italy.
TURIN, ITALY – JANUARY 03: Federico Chiesa of Juventus celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese Calcio at Allianz Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

11 assists in a poor season for Juve testifies to this.

Chiesa has it all. Dribbling, finishing, shooting from range, passing and more pace than seems necessary.

Jurgen Klopp would do wonders with his talent.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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