Despite having many players who can technically play as right-wingers, Manchester United don’t really have anyone natural in the role anymore.
Juan Mata’s 31-year-old legs are close to betraying him, Daniel James seems to prefer the left hand side, Mason Greenwood will end up being a striker, and as for Jesse Lingard, well, he appears to be more lost than anything else on a football pitch these days.
That’s why there are incessant links to Jadon Sancho doing the rounds, and while it does appear the England international could be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target, the club also needs other names to fall back on should Borussia Dortmund (or the player) prove reluctant to do business.
One of those appears to be Federico Chiesa, as Gazzetta dello Sport claim Manchester United are one of four clubs after the Fiorentina star, with the others being Juventus, Inter and Chelsea.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, the belief is that the winger’s and his family’s idea is to ‘stay and play in Italy’, giving an advantage for the Turin and Milan based sides.
Gazzetta say the ‘match is open’, and Chiesa has yet to ‘promise himself to anyone’.
But, and it’s a big one, should the 22-year-old decide to leave Fiorentina, Rocco B. Commisso, their owner, would want around €70m for his services.
A hefty fee, but likely a cheaper one than what Borussia Dortmund will ask for Sancho, especially after selling Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona for £110m+.