If not Bernardo Silva... could PSG sign Federico Chiesa?

The Juventus midfielder might be PSG's fallback plan if they fail to land the Manchester City midfielder

Federico Chiesa, Juventus, PSG
Federico Chiesa, Juventus, PSG / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

We have not even reached the final week of June but you are already tired of reading about the same names being linked to PSG to no end: Bernardo Silva, Victor Osimhen, and Harry Kane are frequently mentioned.

It seems like they are welcoming a new friend to their particular club: Italy international and Juventus winger Federico Chiesa.

While not exactly sharing the pure-striker profile of the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen, and more on par with that of Bernardo Silva, Juventus winger and forward Chiesa might have entered the radar of PSG all of a sudden and without prior notice.

According to information obtained by Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool has shown a strong interest in signing Chiesa this summer. Jurgen Klopp holds the player in high regard, and the Reds are reportedly ready to make a €40m bid, one that could be clearly beaten by PSG. That's a key point to mention, considering Juventus has reportedly quoted Chiesa at a transfer value of €60m, a sum that might be out of Liverpool's reach but not PSG's.

Even though Bernardo Silva is the preferred option getting pursued by PSG, and although he has already ruled out a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal focusing instead on joining either Barcelona or Paris, it seems like PSG have already come up with a contingency plan in tracking Chiesa.

Manchester City want to retain Silva, but so far nothing is clear when it comes to the future of the Portugal international. If he decides to stay put in England, though, PSG will be forced to move on and poach other targets such as the Juventus superstar to bolster their forward line.

Chiesa is under contract at Juventus through June 2025. Negotiations are underway between the player and the club for a salary increase from €5m to €8m per year according to Gazzetta. However, the financial difficulties and revenue loss faced by Juventus due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League might make end up breaking the negotiations and forcing a sale.

The 25-year-old Italy international is believed to want to compete at the highest level and that might also turn into a key deal-breaker as Juventus won't take part in next season's Champions League. The Italy giants will need to pay an extra to keep Chiesa around for a year while they try to clinch a UCL-qualifying spot next season.

With some players already signed pending official announcements, PSG have turned their full attention into bringing a top-tier striker and a supremely gifted playmaker next, including targets such as Bernardo Silva, Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen, and now Federico Chiesa. Keep an eye on all of them, because it's going to be a long summer of rumors.

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