'100%': Reporter claims Chelsea did make £85m bid for Euro 2020 star but were rejected

Florian Plettenberg told LFC Transfer Room that Juventus recently refused an attempt by Chelsea to try and buy Federico Chiesa.

Chiesa and the Blues have been mentioned in the same transfer circles for some time, thank to the Italian’s performances at the European Championships.

The 23-year-old was electric for his country and crucial to their eventual victory against England in the showpiece event at Wembley.

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He was named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament, having scored twice in the knock-out stages.

His summer antics topped off what had been a fine season individual season for the winger with Juventus.

In 46 appearances, Chiesa bagged 15 goals and provided 11 assists.

Chelsea chase Chiesa

It’s therefore no great surprise the Premier League big boys came calling for his signature.

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Liverpool and Chelsea had seemingly attempted to shoulder the other out of their way to reach the Euro sensation.

Plettenberg explained that the Blues went as far as to submit a mega offer, which was turned down by the Old Lady.

“Liverpool and Chelsea made a bid for Federico Chiesa,” he said.  

“Chelsea 100% bid €100million (£85m), I don’t know the amount that Liverpool bid.

“Juventus turned down the bids and Chiesa wants to stay at Juve.”

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With Chelsea so intent on landing a new striker for a sizeable fee, it is slightly surprising they went all guns blazing for Chiesa.

Thomas Tuchel has enough attacking talent in wide and creative areas to cope with.

A no.9 is what he needs to mount a realistic title challenge this year.

However, time is rapidly running out to recruit a centre-forward, so maybe the idea of signing a source of goals like Chiesa isn’t so startling after all.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.