Chelsea handed potential £68m transfer boost as Liverpool make Federico Chiesa decision

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Chelsea’s 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off in under three weeks’ time when they welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel is preparing for his first full season in charge of the Blues and is looking to complete any transfer business that will improve his options ahead of the upcoming campaign.

The west London club are yet to complete any signings with just over a month remaining of the summer transfer window, but it isn’t for a lack of trying.

Chelsea tried to sign Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan, but the Morocco international ended up signing for Paris Saint-Germain in the end.

As well as this, Marina Granovskaia has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to try and pull off a sensational move for Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Another man that has been linked with a move to Chelsea is Federico Chiesa of Juventus, who is reportedly available for €80million (£63.8million) this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport.

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However, Chiesa – who starred for Italy in their Euro 2020 success recently – is thought to be attracting interest from elsewhere in the Premier League in the form of Liverpool, giving the Blues some stern competition.

But now, Sky Sports are reporting that the Reds deem Chiesa’s £68.3m value as “too expensive” and will not make a move for the Juve star.

Any move for the 23-year-old midfielder would be further complicated by the fact he is only halfway through a two-year loan spell at Juventus, who have agreed to buy him from Fiorentina in the summer of 2022.

Chiesa attracted plenty of plaudits for his performances over the Euros and even surprised Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon with his quality, with the goalkeeper admitting he didn’t think he was “so good” when he first saw him in action.

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He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “When he arrived at Juve I didn’t think he was so good. I am honest.

“In the European Championship he was unbelievable, in the final match with England, it was impossible to stop him.

“After a season at Juve with Federico it is no longer a surprise for me, but it was not obvious that he would be able to play at such a high level in a tournament like the European Championship.

“If you do those things at such a high level, then it means that you are really special.”

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Source by Football London

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