Where next for Federico Chiesa?

With the summer transfer window now open, Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa is attracting interest from Italy’s elite, as well as a host of other European giants. Coming off his best season with la viola, it’s only natural that the 21-year-old is turning heads. However, in recent times, Fiorentina’s brass have come out and denied rumours linking their star with a move away.

The statement is as follows, as per Football Italia: 

“We have read continuous news about Chiesa’s future and where he will play next season. The current owners would like to point out that Federico is a Fiorentina player, linked to the club by a long contract, and therefore, as far as we are concerned, Chiesa will play in Florence next season. He must be a symbolic player for the team we will build.”

This season Chiesa had his most productive season in Florence, scoring 12 goals and registering three assists in all competitions. The Italian international mostly featured on the right wing as an out-and-out winger or in a deeper role as a wing-back, but also made cameos on the opposite wing and even centrally.

Due to his versatility, Inter and Juventus have enquired about the 21-year-old but are yet to submit a formal bid to Fiorentina. Bayern Munich are also said to be interested in Chiesa. Let’s now assess the Fiorentina man’s options going into this summer.

1) Inter

After recently appointing Antonio Conte, Inter are now ready to begin their summer transfer window, and have reportedly identified Chiesa as one of their targets. Given Conte will introduce his trademark 3-5-2 shortly, the Inter tactician will need two-way wide players capable of making the difference. Chiesa represents exactly this, and will likely slot in wonderfully on the right-hand side in Milano.

While the winger has demonstrated that he’s capable of delivering the goods in his final third all-while remaining defensively responsible, he’s always played his best football when tracking back wasn’t his priority. Currently, neither Matteo Politano or Antonio Candreva fit the bill of a traditional Conte wide man, hence the Chiesa links remain in play. Riddled of their Financial Fair Play concerns, except Inter to emerge as a major player in the Chiesa sweepstakes.

2) Juventus

Juventus have been keeping tabs on the Fiorentina winger for the better part of one year now, and will reportedly use the summer transfer window to lure him to Turin. However, with Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi and Juan Cuadrado still at the club, Juve’s wide areas are heavily populated and Chiesa will find playing time hard to come by.

Given Juve’s need to bolster their midfield and defence, 70 million euros on a winger would be money poorly spent. Moreover, the bianconeri are still without a manager, and will hold off on any major purchases for the time being. In any case, Juventus are arguably not the best fit for the young winger as he’ll need consistent playing time to progress his game. Despite this, much like Inter, the Italian champions will likely table a bid for Chiesa shortly.

3) Bayern Munich 

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the German giants have recently seen their offer  rejected by Chiesa, as the winger prefers to remain in Serie A. As Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are set to hang up the boots in Bavaria, Bayern Munich are now targeting a number of wingers to bolster their ranks.

Bayern are said to be interested in Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, but are keeping tabs on Fiorentina’s Chiesa, as well. While Bayern’s offensive style of play would suit Chiesa, leaving Italy at this stage in his career may not be the best bet. Despite the early rejection, don’t rule them out just yet.

In any case, Chiesa would be wise on holding off a move for the time being, and use the following year to develop his game further. Currently, there are concerns over the winger’s decision-making and end product, and he could really use another season in Tuscany.

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