Liverpool and Chelsea both made official bids for Juventus winger Federico Chiesa this summer, according to Sport1‘s Florian Plettenberg.
The usually reliable journalist claimed that while he knew Chelsea offered €100m (£85m) for the Italian international, he wasn’t as sure about how much the Reds proposed:
“Liverpool and Chelsea made a bid for Federico Chiesa. Chelsea 100% bid €100million, I don’t know the amount that Liverpool bid. Juventus turned down the bids and Chiesa wants to stay at Juve.”
In any case, considering how highly rated Chiesa is, it is a big surprise that Liverpool were prepared to put a bid in for the player, and fans on Twitter were taken aback by Plettenberg’s claim:
We have money ?
— Jason ? (@lfcjason1) August 1, 2021
So we have money then….
— Jacob Austin (@JacobAu28780303) August 1, 2021
I never doubted the ? owner ? pic.twitter.com/rxOSISzq79
— ? (@IbraaKonate) August 1, 2021
So this is how we bid pic.twitter.com/mCqCvpUKCB
— Jichu (@JichuuuPikachuu) August 1, 2021
John Henry if Juve actually accepted the offer instead of what was suspose to be PR after Varane signed for United. pic.twitter.com/TUN1absGEu
— Klopp’s Miracles ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@6TimesSitDown) August 1, 2021
What was our bid? I bet it was embarrassing to even mention it.
— Ke-V (@kevin_the_gray) August 1, 2021
£50m spread over 10 years…?
— Nayan Mohapatra (@nayanmoha) August 1, 2021
Knowing our finances we defo bid £40 mil + Origi and a tube of Pringles.
— The Kop Selecta ? JFT97 (@TheKopSelecta) August 1, 2021
Liverpool football club made a 100million offer.
The men in white coats will be here soon
— Phil Lindsay (@PhilPhenom) August 1, 2021
Considering none of the local journalists around Liverpool have confirmed this news, you would usually take these types of stories with a large pinch of salt.
However, Plettenberg is not a reporter who is in the business of spreading wild rumours, so there is likely to be some substance to Liverpool’s pursuit of Chiesa. In any case, Juve say the winger is not for sale and the player is very likely to stay in Turin.