If Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday are to be believed, the club leading the race for Federico Chiesa happens to be Liverpool.

The newspaper have a big article on the situation surrounding the Italy international, explaining that the exit of the forward could pave the way for the arrival of Galatasaray’s Nicolo Zaniolo.

Liverpool are the ones to thank for this, as they seem ‘willing to get serious’ about signing Chiesa from Juventus and bringing hi to the Premier League.

In fact, Jürgen Klopp is described as the ‘great sponsor’ behind this possible move as he looks to rejuvenate his squad after a rather disappointing season by their standards.

That’s why the ‘big manoeuvres have already begun’ with the player’s agent, Fali Ramadani, but it’s made clear Liverpool will have to be careful about the competition of clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

The Reds would also be ‘willing to guarantee’ him the big wages that Juventus cannot afford to give him, as the negotiations on a renewal in Turin ‘stalled’ when Chiesa asked for his wages to go from €5m/year to €8m/year.

Liverpool, alongside the competition, could ‘come forward in a concrete way as early as next week’, when they could end up ‘putting on the plate the €40-45m’ they want to spend on the player.

As for Juventus, they would like to recuperate the €60m they initially spent on it, which gives us a difference of about €10m or so, described as a ‘distance that does not seem unbridgeable’.