Man Utd ‘very close’ to completing £53m transfer as they move into pole position

Manchester United have reportedly moved a step closer to signing Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina having held talks and with the Serie A club. Jadon Sancho may be United’s first choice heading into the summer transfer window but it appears as though the club are preparing for other deals as well.

Reports emerged earlier this week that United had made a £90million bid to sign Ansu Fati from Barcelona only for that to be rejected.

But the club have also been linked with chasing after an even cheaper option in Chiesa from Fiorentina.

The Italy international has earned high praise since breaking through at Fiorentina and it appears as though the Serie A side are willing to listen to offers for the forward.

Fiorentina are said to be holding out for £62m but United have reportedly been the only club to come close to that valuation.

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According to Quotidiano Sportivo, United have offered close to £53m to sign Chiesa and Fiorentina are said to be seriously considering the bid.

It is claimed United could have competition from Serie A sides Inter Milan and Juventus.

But both sides are more interested in offering players in order to lower the cost of any transfer.

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Fiorentina are said to be more interested in a straight-cash deal, leading United to being considered the favourites for his signature.

The report states the Red Devils have a 50 per cent chance of completing a move for Chiesa while Inter and Juventus are at 30 and 20 per cent respectively.

Chiesa though has recently spoke out against a possible move away from Fiorentina, stating his sole focus remains on his current club.

He said: “There are no negotiations, there is Fiorentina. I do not have an agent, so I speak to the club and my father is always by my side. He is like my personal assistant!

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“We never even considered hiring an agent, but I don’t know if that will continue in future.

“The rumour linking me with Francesco Totti’s agency was fake news and he was the first to contact the club to clarify that.

“I’ve spoken so much to the president, Joe Barone and Daniele Prade over the last year, but I am concentrated only on the present.

“I focus on working every day, achieving immediate objectives, first and foremost securing safety. We just hope to get back to playing and the rest will follow.”

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