Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli is reportedly not considering any offers or approaches for Federico Chiesa, despite strong links with Chelsea.
Chiesa, 23, has followed on from his successes in the summer with Italy and continued that momentum into the new season with Max Allegri’s indifferent Juventus side.
This was demonstrated most recently by the Italian’s quick strike 11 seconds after half-time which condemned Chelsea to a 1-0 loss in this year’s Champions League group stages.
Post-game, Allegri made an interesting admission on the current Fiorentina loan player that may have put Marina Granovskaia off making a bid in January, after Chelsea reportedly made an £85million offer in the summer.
He said: “He is absolutely not at 100 per cent and this was the first real-time he has played as a centre-forward. I told Federico my evaluation, which is that he can play as a centre-forward or a support striker.”
With Romelu Lukaku signing in the summer for £97.5m, the need for a striker isn’t at the top of the priority list but the latest news has put the final nail in the coffin regarding the slim chances that remained in this transfer pursuit.
This is because Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Agnelli and co. have no interest in raising funds through the sale of the 23-year-old.
His tweet read: ‘Despite rumours about Liverpool, Chelsea and German clubs interest, Juventus have no intention of considering offers/approaches for Federico Chiesa. He’s “key part” of the project and untouchable.
‘…and Juan Cuadrado will soon extend his contract with Juventus.’
That news will likely come as a blow to Chelsea fans, who have twice called for the club and Marina Granovskaia to swoop for Chiesa – most recently earlier this week during Italy’s Nations League defeat to Spain.
Alternatives to Chiesa have arisen with two Premier League stars in the form of Allan Saint-Maximin and Raphinha suggested to fill the vacancy that Hakim Ziyech has failed to settle into as of now.
However, the former of the aforementioned duo will most likely not be on the move now with the news of the Newcastle takeover sending shockwaves through the footballing world.
The Leeds man, on the other hand, could be more attainable, especially if their poor start to the 2021/22 season continues throughout and up to the January transfer window.
Source by Football London