Granovskaia backs £84m forward swoop as Chelsea star nears exit

Chelsea are reportedly ready to make a huge £84million offer in their bid to land outstanding Juventus and Italy forward Federico Chiesa.

The striker is currently on loan at Juve from fellow Serie A side Fiorentina but the Old Lady have an agreement to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season. However, the report is unclear whether the Blues would try and buy Chiesa direct from Fiorentina or do a deal with Juventus after he has moved permanently to Turin.

Thomas Tuchel is known to be a huge admirer of Chiesa. To that end, the report in the Daily Mail claims that Marina Granovskaia will back an attempt to lure the Italian to Stamford Bridge.

Chiesa really caught the eye at Euro 2020, when he helped guide Italy to glory – also making the Team of The Tournament.

The explosive attacker is renowned for his ability to play in a number of forward positions. He has scored three goals and added three assists in 15 appearances in all competitions this season.

German giants Bayern Munich have also been showing a major interest in the player. However, Calciomercato reports that the Blues are weighing up an £84m (€100m) offer for the 24-year-old.

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One in, one out for Chelsea

That potential bid comes as no great surprise, given that Christian Pulisic appears to be on his way out. There are also doubts over the future of Hakim Ziyech, although Tuchel seems to be trusting the playmaker more lately.

As for Chiesa, he scored the only goal of the game when Chelsea lost away to Juventus back in September. However, he was also in the Juve side that got thumped by Tuchel’s men in the reverse fixture on Tuesday.

Tuchel was well backed last summer, bringing in Romelu Lukaku for £98m. But the Belgian has only notched four times this season and has also been out with an ankle injury.

With that in mind, Tuchel wants another goalscoring option at his disposal – and Chiesa fits the bill perfectly.

Chelsea are looking to build on a superb start to the new season. The Blues currently sit top of the Premier League table. They are also through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.



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