After a busy summer of links, Chelsea signed just three players in the transfer window.
The club broke their transfer record to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter for a fee of £97.5million, as well as signing Saul Niguez on deadline day on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid, with Marcus Bettinelli joining on a free transfer as a back-up goalkeeper.
The Blues are currently well-stocked in terms of their attack, but that has not stopped links to other players developing as Thomas Tuchel aims to defend the club’s Champions League crown and mount a Premier League title charge.
One player who continues to be linked with a move to west London is Juventus star Federico Chiesa. The attacking midfielder was part of the successful Italy side who claimed the Euro 2020 title in the summer, and has been attracting plenty of interest with his displays for Juve.
Let’s take a look at the latest news about a potential transfer to Chelsea for the 23-year-old.
Chiesa is currently on a two-year loan deal from Fiorentina, and Juventus have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of €40m (£34.2m) plus €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons which they are expected to trigger regardless of whether they feel his long-term future is in Turin.
Chelsea reportedly had a €100m (£85m) rejected in the summer by Juventus, which would show just how highly they value their star man.
Sports Illustrated state that the Blues’ offer was turned down, and Chiesa wanted to stay in Turin this summer.
Liverpool are also said to carry an interest in the young star, as well as German giants Bayern Munich. However, Sport Illustrated state that no formal offer was made by the Reds, despite them making their interest known to the player.
Chiesa is said to have turned down the approach from the winners of the 2019 Champions League, and would reject any move away from Juventus.
Juve’s money troubles
There is one thing that could seemingly convince the Italian side to consider a sale.
The Italian club posted losses of €210m (£179m) in their most recent financial results, and have been moving to get big-wage players off the books.
A period of overspending meant they were open to a sale of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer for around £13.5m – just three years after signing him for an initial £88m.
You can read about their latest financial difficulties here.
Second bid planned
Despite Chiesa seemingly being set on a long stay in Turin, Calciomercato report that the Blues will bring “another assault” for him over the next few months.