Report: Liverpool want ‘untouchable’ 23 y/o with more chances created than Sadio Mane

Liverpool aren’t short of wide forwards with Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino, Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliot at their disposal, but Calciomercato say they’re looking to add to their attack.

Elliot broke his ankle in September and will be a long-term absentee while Takumi Minamino isn’t commanding a starting place, so there might be room for a new face.

Liverpool are reportedly looking at Federico Chiesa, but Juventus aren’t interested in losing the 23-year-old. Chiesa joined the Old Lady on a two-year loan deal in October 2020 with an obligation to buy at the end of his stint in Turin.

A permanent deal only gets over the line if Juventus finish in the top four of Serie A, Chiesa plays 60% of games for at least 30 minutes, or scores 10 goals and 10 assists over the course of two years, so Liverpool do have a chance of signing him next summer.

The Reds aren’t the only club interested, however, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich also in the race for his signature. Chiesa has scored 16 goals and made 10 assists in 49 games at Juve, so it’s easy to see why he’s described as ‘untouchable’.

With more chances created in Serie A (10) than Mane in the Premier League (9) this season shows he would improve the side. But he wouldn’t come cheap if a deal could get over the line. Juve will have to pay €60m (£51.6m to sign Chiesa permanently and have already paid €10m (£8.6m) in loan fees, so his valuation will be in excess of €70m (£60.2m).

Calciomercato say a €100m bid from Chelsea didn’t seduce Juve, so Liverpool might have to turn their attentions elsewhere, as Chiesa would smash their transfer record. The Reds are top of the Premier League table and have scored more than any other club (15 goals in six games), so Jurgen Klopp’s prolific attackers are firing on all cylinders.