Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of Federico Chiesa and would be keen on bringing the Italian to Stamford Bridge. The Bianconeri, however, are intent on keeping their prized asset.
It’s been a 2021 littered with highs for Chiesa, who played a starring role as Italy won the European Championships in the summer. His 2021/22 campaign has been a difficult one under Massimiliano Allegri as he nurses a hamstring injury that’ll keep him out until the New Year, but he’s continued to flash his majestic talent.
The Italian’s brilliance was on full display as Juventus beat Champions League holders Chelsea in a group-stage fixture back in September. Chiesa scored the game’s only goal with a deadly left-footed strike just after half-time.
A concerted effort was made to slow down Juve’s primary attacking threat when the two sides met in the reverse fixture last week, as the Blues shut out Chiesa in a dominant 4-0 win.
Tuchel’s admiration for Chiesa
The 24-year-old winger put Europe’s elite on notice following his stellar Euros campaign, although Juventus regard their superstar as “untouchable”. The likes of Bayern Munich were understood to have held an interest, but the Bavarian giants were in no financial position to pursue a move.
From the Premier League, Liverpool and Chelsea had been linked, and Fabrizio Romano discussed Tuchel’s admiration for the player on his ‘Here We Go’ podcast.
“The rumours start because we know that Thomas Tuchel loves this player,” Romano said (via The Chelsea Chronicle).
“He thinks Chiesa is one of the best wingers in the game. He is a modern player, so Tuchel would love to have Chiesa at Chelsea and this is something true,” he added.
Juventus intent on not selling Chiesa
However, a mere appreciation of a player’s talent is all it is at this stage. A move for the Juventus star seems unlikely considering the Bianconeri’s valuation of the player – even if money isn’t exactly hard to come by in west London.
Romano said: “Juventus are not planning to sell Chiesa. Juventus are not speaking with Chelsea. People close to Chiesa are not speaking to Chelsea. So, as of today, there is nothing.”
For now, Juventini, you can sleep easy. Although, this is a situation we’ll likely revisit should Juventus fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. That would leave them vulnerable to losing the likes of Chiesa next summer.