Injury concern, Mohamed Salah successor - Liverpool given final Federico Chiesa transfer verdict

Federico Chiesa has been linked with a move to Liverpool
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Liverpool are yet to make any new signings this summer but that has not stopped rumours of potential additions to the squad.

New head coach Arne Slot has started to welcome players back for pre-season training this month at the AXA Training Centre. It marks the start of preparations for the new Premier League campaign which gets underway on August 17 against Ipswich Town.

Off the pitch, Liverpool are being linked with several possible new signings. One of them is Juventus star Federico Chiesa, who was recently with the Italy squad that were knocked out of Euro 2024 by Switzerland.

Liverpool has been linked with a move for Chiesa for the last few months, with his future with the Serie A giants increasingly uncertain. Fabrizio Romano has reported that Juventus would accept a bid in the region of €25 million (£21m) for Chiesa, with the winger's contract set to expire next summer.

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With Mohamed Salah's contract at Liverpool also expiring in 12 months, the Reds have been tipped to move for a new right winger this summer potentially. With that in mind, ECHO writers look at whether Chiesa is the ideal player to be signed by Liverpool.

Mark Wakefield

It was in 2021 that Liverpool were first linked with signing Chiesa after he helped Italy win Euro 2020 with victory over England at Wembley Stadium. Fast forward three years and it's from another European Championships that we are seeing the links emerge yet again.

There is no doubt that Liverpool need to have a plan for life after Salah's exit, whether that be this summer, next year or further in the future. Whether that plan should feature Chiesa, though, I'm not so sure.

Of course, the idea of replacing Salah with just one player is arguably impossible. Liverpool's plan may be to do so with several players rather than one individual when the time comes.

Chiesa is certainly a talented player, and if the reported price tag is accurate then it would certainly fit into Fenway Sports Group's strategy of value-for-money signings. Whether the plan to sign a future Salah 'replacement' was expected to take place this summer, though, only those in the Anfield hierarchy will know.

Richard Garnett

Arne Slot arrives at Liverpool in the privileged position of already having a very decent squad at his disposal. New sporting director Richard Hughes has already hinted that work on new signings is well underway. Although an attacking forward player is the type of signing that is sure to get supporters excited, I'm not entirely sure there is too much of a rush to make any sweeping changes in attack.

Anthony Gordon was in the mix for a possible move to Anfield only last week and although that was an intriguing story, the FSG accountants will be asking exactly what he could bring to the table for an expensive outlay that the likes of Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah can't. The reported asking price for Chiesa obviously makes a bit of difference in this instance and could be considered a summer bargain, but my gut tells me he is the type of player who is better suited to Serie A than the Premier League. It's a no for me.

Jack Flintham

Chiesa may have had an underwhelming season for Juventus last season but it feels like he would be a relatively low-risk option to consider this summer. Juventus manager Thiago Motta reportedly wants rid of the Italian meaning a deal could be done for as little as £20m.

Whichever way you look at it, that price is a steal for a player who could easily return to the heights first expected of him. Yes, there are concerns surrounding his injury track record but you cannot argue that on his day he would offer the Reds something different going forward.

Salah will not be at Anfield forever and Slot only has a certain budget available to replace him. Let's remember that the Egyptian's stock was not as high when he moved to Merseyside as it is today and there is no reason to believe that Chiesa couldn't follow a similar trajectory.

James Quinlan

At the moment there is no pressure for Liverpool to rush into the market for right wingers and Chiesa certainly doesn't look to be the solution.

As much as a cut-price deal for a player critical in Italy's Euro 2020 victory can be viewed as enticing, that was three years ago now and the winger doesn't seem to inspire confidence in his performances anywhere near as much as he did back then. In the last four seasons he hasn't even crossed the 10 league goals threshold, so that's the first major red flag in itself.

For now, Mohamed Salah can be relied upon so there is no need to unsettle him with the arrival of major competition in the same position. Chiesa does have the versatility to play on the left at least, but then he'd just be third in line behind Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo. There's also Ben Doak to consider in all of this too, and pushing him further down the pecking order when supporters just want to see him fit and able to play isn't the answer.

Kieran Horn

Had Liverpool been given the chance to sign Federico Chiesa for just £21million two years ago, it would be a transfer no-brainer. However, there is a clear reason why Juventus are setting such a low asking price and it is not just because his contract expires next summer.

The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries over the last few years and since returning from a serious knee issue, has struggled to reach the heights many had hoped he would. Liverpool signing Chiesa for such a bargain price could be an excellent idea, though there are already plenty of options in attack for Arne Slot.

Cody Gakpo, who was forced to sit on the bench for the bulk of the season, has sent several clear reminders of his ability while at Euro 2024 with the Netherlands while Diogo Jota will also be hoping he can avoid more injury issues going forward.

Add those two to last season's preferred front three of Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz sees Liverpool with at least five options. Harvey Elliot can also play in the wide areas with Ben Doak hoping to make an impact on the senior team soon.

So, in all honestly, Liverpool don't really need to sign Chiesa and even at that low price, it would be a significant gamble.

Amie Wilson

While the signing would be a gamble, when else would you have the chance to sign a player who has shown what Chiesa previously had for just £21 million? Yes, his form hasn’t been what it was since he shone for Italy in Euro 2020 (which was played in 2021).

He has been hit with injuries, but still managed nine goals in 33 Serie A appearances last season. Sometimes a change of club can reignite a player’s career.

Liverpool are not desperate for wide players this summer, but links with Anthony Gordon show that they may be thinking of preparing for life without the likes of Mo Salah and Luis Diaz. Compared to the £100m that Liverpool would have to spend on Gordon, the £21m is a low price and a risk that is probably worth taking.

If the Reds can complete a deal for that price, then it saves the panic of searching for a replacement if there is an unexpected sale between now and the end of the campaign. Yes, Chisea would be a risk, but I think it’s one that could potentially pay off.

Jake Stokes

Liverpool shouldn't sign Federico Chiesa this summer – I just don't think he has enough quality to narrow the gulf in class with Manchester City and Arsenal. The Juventus forward would have been an excellent signing a few years ago, but that ship has sailed now.

Instead, Arne Slot should prioritise moves for Anthony Gordon or Rodrygo instead – and possibly even Crysencio Summerville. With Mohamed Salah entering the final year of his contract and Luis Diaz linked with an exit, the Reds need to bring somebody in who could one day lead the frontline. A talisman.

It's unfortunate because Chiesa would've been perfect for Liverpool before his ACL injury in January 2022. He's just struggled to reach the same heights he once enjoyed – particularly at Euro 2020 when he took the tournament by storm.