Red Devils are closing in on a deal to sign Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina. They suggest that La Viola are looking for nearly £60m to let him go, but it’s believed that Man United are very close to matching that price.
It’s an interesting signing because he’s the star figure in a fairly poor team, so the Norwegian manager will need to be convinced that he has the quality and the personality to handle the step up.
Many followers of Italian football will remember La Viola as the UCL club, but they have been battling against relegation in the past two years, and it’s reasonable to suggest that Federico kept them up last campaign.
He’s more of a creator as he’s not a prolific goalscorer, but he’s got a lot of quality on the ball and he’s established himself in the Italy team too. It’s also possible that he’s not a big enough name to come in and demand a starting role, so that would allow the Norwegian tactician to rotate his forwards without upsetting the balance.
Nothing has been officially agreed yet, but there would be a lot to like about this signing if it went through. The recent form of the Red Devils and Mason Greenwood, in particular, suggests that they might not need a new forward this summer, but it still looks like the team are looking to sign one.
It’s important to remember that Mason is still young so playing him in every game might burn him out while signing a new right-sided forward could free him up to play through the middle too.