English Premiership

Manchester United closing on transfer for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United are edging closer towards securing a deal for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to reports in Italy.

Chiesa has scored seven goals and provided three assists for his team-mates in 30 appearances in all competitions this season.

The Italy international was touted back in May as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho at just £61m with Man Utd and Chelsea both linked with the 22-year-old.

A month later in June and La Nazione claimed that the Red Devils had lodged a £45m offer for the winger but only now are we hearing more reports.

Italian outlet Corriere Fiorentino reckon that Man Utd are 'very close' to meeting Fiorentina's valuation of Chiesa with a £50million-plus deal 'is close to being agreed'.

The Red Devils, however, will still need to be 'extra convincing' if they are to land the 22-year-old as Chiesa and his father have 'always made it clear' that they are not actively pursuing a move outside of Italy.

The report adds that Man Utd's fellow Premier League side Newcastle United are also interested in Chiesa.

Back in May, Fiorentina's CEO Joe Barone confirmed that a number of English clubs were interested in his services.

"Chiesa is a Fiorentina player," Barone told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"There are clubs knocking at the door for Chiesa, some of them who speak English... We'll see. For the moment, we just need to finish the season and he is very concentrated on doing well for us.

"As for Gaetano Castrovilli, he still has much to give for us and for Italian football, so he will remain in Florence."