According to Le 10 Sport, Manchester United are tracking Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa.
Having sold Romelu Lukaku last summer to Inter, the Red Devils appeared to be left short in the striking department for the first-half of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side addressed the issue with a loan swoop for Odion Ighalo, but the Nigerian could be heading back to his parent side in the summer if no permanent deal is struck.
Now, French publication Le 10 Sport claim the Manchester outfit have sent scouts over to watch Chiesa in action, although they are likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Juventus, Inter and PSG for his signature.
Despite not having the best overall record at Fiorentina – he has managed just 29 goals in 139 games – his performances this season point to him really finding his groove, particularly in this role through the middle.
The Italian has six goals and four assists in 21 games in the lone striker role this campaign – close to a goal contribution every other game. Coupled with his ability to play on either flank and being left-footed too, Chiesa comes across as the perfect fit for United’s counter-attack and fluid style.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have all played in the number nine role and out wide, and that ability to dovetail between the two allows them be far more interchangeable during games. Chiesa would only add to that.
And the Fiorentina ace has received some major plaudits too. Bruno Conti, the former AS Roma and Italy player, remarked back in 2018: “He has all the quality to do well, because he is a genuine talent. Chiesa has a great eye for goal and is physically strong, which enables him to switch gears quickly from defence to attack.”
That ability to “switch gears” is shown by his dribbling numbers this season. As per Whoscored, his 1.5 dribbles per game in Serie A this season is the exact same Martial averages in the Premier League. Chiesa just appears to be a perfect fit in Solskjaer’s United jigsaw.