Manchester United are interested in signing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa, but they have to make a move sooner rather than later.
The Italian has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and has emerged as a possible target as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to improve his squad with youth talent. However, according to La Nazione, as relayed by Sport Witness, the Red Devils face stiff competition from Newcastle United, as the Magpies have entered the mix.
United have already tried to prise him away from the Artemio Franchi Stadium with an audacious £50m bid, but this wasn’t enough for Fiorentina to let him go the first time. Newcastle are now looking to steal a march on their old adversaries as they are preparing a “shock offer” for the coveted youngster.
He predominantly plays on the right wing but can be used on the left or deployed as a second striker, and that versatility could prove useful for whichever club lands him.
The 22-year-old, who came through the ranks at Fiorentina before breaking into the first team in 2016, has scored six goals in 27 Serie A games this season, supplying three assists, taking 3.4 shots per game, averaging 1.3 key passes and attempting 1.4 dribbles per game on average (via WhoScored).
While his statistics are respectable, they are hardly a patch on Sancho’s figure, who was Borussia Dortmund’s top scorer in the 2019/20 season with 19 goals.
As it stands, it is unlikely that Solskjaer will lose any sleep if he misses out on the Italian and lands Sancho instead.
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