Liverpool: Federico Chiesa could be Klopp's own Kvaratskhelia
Liverpool Football Club has reportedly set its sights on Federico Chiesa, a 25-year-old Italian forward who currently plays for Juventus. The Reds' interest in Chiesa comes as Juventus seeks to recuperate funds after only qualifying for the Europa Conference League this year. With the player transfer-listed at a price of €60 million (£51 million), Liverpool faces competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp's club already boasts a wealth of attacking talent, but Chiesa is a long-term target who could complete Anfield's frontline. The Reds are currently undergoing a transitional phase, having sold distinguished attacker Sadio Mane one year ago. Recent signings Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, and Cody Gakpo have shown glimpses of potential, but Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.
The upcoming season presents a challenge for Klopp and his team, as they aim to forge a title challenge and compete for the Europa League trophy. Chiesa, a fleet-footed "wizard" with creative ingenuity, could be the perfect player to bolster the right flank and provide Mohamed Salah with some respite. This is especially crucial considering Salah's departure mid-season for the African Cup of Nations.
Chiesa has demonstrated his prowess on the field, recovering from a significant injury this year to score four goals and provide six assists from just nine starts across all competitions. His late-season form showcased his return to full-firing form. The 41-cap international ranks among the top 4% of attacking midfielders and wingers across Europe's top five leagues over the past year for the rate of assists, the top 15% for progressive carries, and the top 16% for successful take-ons per 90, as per FBref.
The Italian forward's playing style has drawn comparisons to Napoli's Georgian sensation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who is considered the 'most similar' player to Chiesa. Kvaratskhelia, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder, has been heralded as "magic" by Fabrizio Romano and was instrumental in Napoli's Scudetto-winning campaign after signing for a bargain €10 million (£9 million) last summer. With 14 goals and 17 assists across all competitions, Kvaratskhelia ranks among the top 6% for progressive carries and the top 5% for successful take-ons per 90.
Considering Chiesa's undeniable talent and the praise he has received from Gianluigi Buffon as "impossible to stop," Liverpool could add a conclusive dimension to their offensive ranks with a swoop for the Italian forward. As the club seeks silver-laden success, Chiesa's signature might just be the key to unlocking their potential.
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