Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly trying to convince the Old Trafford hierarchy to sanction a big-money transfer which would bring one of his former Juventus teammates to Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo is urging Manchester United chiefs to strike a deal with Juventus so he can reunite with Federico Chiesa at Old Trafford, according to reports in Italy.
Ronaldo spent one season playing alongside Chiesa for the Turin giants after the Italian joined from Fiorentina on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy.
The two attackers struck up a fine partnership and Chiesa scored 14 goals in his first season while supporting Ronaldo from either flank.
The 23-year-old’s stock rose further over the summer as he scored two goals during Italy’s run to Euro 2020 glory, including the opener against Spain in the semi-finals.
The report cites agent Ivan Reggiani, who asserts there is serious interest in Chiesa – who is viewed as one of the top three talents in Italy – from foreign clubs.
Much of this interest is believed to originate from this side of the English Channel, with Ronaldo at the centre of United’s pursuit.
But Reggiani also warns there are at least two other clubs willing to pay up to €130million (£110m) to sign Chiesa, and that the player could leave very soon.
This news will be alarming for Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, as he has relied on Chiesa to step up for his side since Ronaldo returned to United in August.
The on-loan Fiorentina man – who will join Juventus permanently next summer for €40million (£34m) – has made seven appearances for the Bianconeri this season in a variety roles across the attack.
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Chiesa has scored two goals in that time, striking the winner against Chelsea in the Champions League clash in late September.
The Italy international lined up as a false-nine for the group-stage match and Allegri suggested his long-term future is at centre-forward.
“He is absolutely not at 100 per cent and this was the first real time he has played as a centre-forward. I told Federico my evaluation, which is that he can play as a centre-forward or a support striker,” said the Juventus boss.
Chiesa certainly has the creativity to play in a supporting role as he chipped in with 10 assists last season.
His bond with Ronaldo was summed up during Juve’s 2-1 Serie A victory over Napoli in April, when he joined the 36-year-old in performing his trademark celebration after they combined for the opening goal.
After the match, Chiesa told Sky Sport Italia : “The celebration with Ronaldo was the spur of the moment. I copied his excitement. It’s very contagious. It’s fantastic to play with a champion of his caliber who made history.”