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Report: Manchester United Among Clubs in 'Bidding War' for Federico Chiesa

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 3, 2018

FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 13: Federico Chiesa of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 13, 2018 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are reportedly one of the clubs vying to sign Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa this summer and are set for a bidding war alongside some of Europe's heavyweights.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported the Red Devils will contest for the 20-year-old's signature alongside the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Premier League champions Manchester City (h/t Football Italia).

It's said Napoli have already offered €50 million (£43.7 million) plus midfielder Marko Rog, and it's expected the level of interest in his services will take that figure higher.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri provided more context, adding that AS Roma are also in the hunt:

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

Fiorentina have rejected an offer for Chiesa from Napoli of a 50m€+Rog+1 more player, and from Roma of 40m€+El Shaarawy

United brought Alexis Sanchez to the club from Arsenal in January, further complicating first-team aspirations for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who have struggled for game time.

Jose Mourinho has a reputation for preferring tried-and-tested senior talents ahead of up-and-coming assets, posing the question of whether he'd be the manager to squeeze the most out of Chiesa.

United will also need to move efficiently in the market if they're to snag a deal for one of Serie A's most highly rated prospects, as Italian writer Vince van Genechten pointed to the interest of other big outfits:

Vince Van Genechten @VVGenechten

EVERYONE WANTS #CHIESA 😁🇮🇹 From Juve to Inter, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United (GdS) https://t.co/bAB7Iht7kT https://t.co/bAB7Iht7kT

Chiesa has already been capped four times by Italy and looks set to play a large part in the Azzurri's remodelling under Roberto Mancini.

The youngster started in the lineup that lost 3-1 to France in a friendly meeting on Friday, but the Evening Standard's Tom Collomosse nevertheless picked the emerging star out for particular praise:

Tom Collomosse @TomCStandard

@enzo_misuraca Maybe I’m mad but I thought they were ok, though couldn’t handle the pace in France’s team. Very bold approach from Mancini! Chiesa 👏👏👏👏

Fiorentina have on their hands a wide technician who is capable on either flank but could risk his development charting off its current course if he moved abroad, a risk United are likely to be well aware of.

With some of Italy's juggernauts already in the race and a raft of clubs seemingly interested, United face a fight if they're to beat their widespread competition and add a rare Italian recruit to their ranks.

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