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Arsenal eyeing a move for Juventus ace Federico Chiesa

By on January 24, 2023

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly keen on signing Juventus forward Federico Chiesa, as per the Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb.

The 25-year-old signed for the Old Lady of Turin back in 2020 from Fiorentina on an initial loan deal with an obligation to make the move permanent the following year.

The Italian has enjoyed a stellar time over the last few years with club and country, helping his nation lift the European Championship in 2021 beating England in the final and winning Coppa Italia with Bianconeri in the same year.

According to the report by Calciomercatoweb, Arteta has identified Chiesa as his number one target to strengthen the attack and Arsenal’s resurgence under the Spanish boss this term could help to persuade the winger to move to the Emirates Stadium.

Chiesa to Arsenal

The report further claims that following Juventus’ 15 points deduction due to financial irregularities, Juventus’ place in the Champions League is under huge threat next season. And as a consequence of that the Bianconeri are at risk of suffering from a big economic loss.

So, they could be forced to sell players to balance the books, with Chiesa likely to be one of those sold. Arsenal smell an opportunity to sign the 25-year-old next summer.

The report also says that signing Chiesa won’t be easy for Arteta’s side as Liverpool and Real Madrid are also contemplating a move for him over the coming months.

The winger – valued at around £53m by Transfermarkt – still has two and a half years left on his current contract so Juventus are under no pressure to sell on the cheap and will likely demand a sizeable fee.

Chiesa would be an excellent acquisition for Arsenal. However, the winger has just returned from a serious knee issue and he is yet to replicate his best since returning to action, so Arsenal may want to monitor his progress over the coming months before formalising their interest.

If the winger continues to struggle throughout the rest of this season then it would be a wise decision for Arsenal to switch their focus from the Italian and explore other options to bolster the forward line in the summer.

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