Sunday February 24 2019
Inter await Chiesa sermon

Federico Chiesa is coveted by Inter, but Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall warns he could add to the Fiorentina highlights reel against them.

Inter could truly say ‘goodnight Vienna’ on Thursday, as they demolished Rapid 4-0 in the Europa League. The result was the epitome of a collective team performance, with no individual coming before the group. As Mauro Icardi watched on, he would have been perplexed as his teammates offered up a unity and an ‘esprit de corps’ not yet seen this term. The evening provided a glimpse of life without Mauro, but the Nerazzurri would still need to add quality should the Argentine depart. Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa has been just such a target and they will get a close up look at him again this weekend.

For months there have been continual reports Inter are interested in the Viola wide man. Whilst it would be an ideal addition to service Icardi if he stays, he would also be an attacking addition should the former captain depart for pastures new.

Whilst he will not come cheap, especially as he has attracted interest from all around Europe, it is reported that Chiesa’s preference is to stay in Italy. There have also been rumblings in Turin and The Old Lady could prove serious competition for his signature, but the potential of playing more at Inter could potentially sway him, especially as he can look at former teammate Federico Bernardeschi as a case study.

It seems that Chiesa Junior has always been destined for greatness. His father Enrico played for Fiorentina, Lazio, Parma and Sampdoria to name a few and racked up a cool 380 appearances in Serie A. He set the challenge to his son, telling him he needed 300 at least if he was to be considered a ‘serious player’. So far, he has 88 appearances, scored 14 goals and has notched up 10 assists in Italy’s top flight.

As he prepares to face Inter this weekend, he will no doubt be on the top of Luciano Spalletti’s ‘danger list’, as Federico has the ability to terrorise the Nerazzurri full-backs.

Perhaps the most explosive example of this dynamic and skilful performance was exhibited when the Viola tore Roma apart 7-1 in the Coppa Italia. Here, he showed himself at his most venomous, looking more like Roberto Baggio than his father, and his hat-trick will live long in the memory. The performance would have only added Euros to the €50m figure that is bandied around when speaking of his market value.

The Nerazzurri have been looking for a player in a wide position who can get 10 goals plus a season and also act as a supply route for the centre-forwards. Ivan Perisic can do this, but has been disillusioned and inconsistent. Keita Balde Diao has been perhaps come the closest, whilst Matteo Politano is improving, something that cannot be said of Antonio Candreva.

Beppe Marotta will certainly be watching Chiesa with envy this weekend and will no doubt continue the dialogue with his father Enrico that he started whilst at Juventus. Marotta has long been an admirer of the youngster and has Chiesa and Cagliari’s Nicolò Barella on his summer agenda.

Whilst negotiations between interested parties will clandestinely continue in Florence, Federico will not be interested in these Medici-esque plots. He will have the Milanese in focus and will be wanting to take the Viola’s unbeaten league run to eight. Inter in turn will be buoyed by their recent form as they continue to improve without their Argentine striker. The Nerazzurri have won four straight games in all competitions, but will be aware that the man they covet could put an end to this.

Have your say...
Chiesa is just a skilled diver and faking foul. What a shame really.. he did have some pace and potential biu not world class.

As for the match between Fio vs Inter, I must said the referee even when VAR clearly showed the ball hit Ambrosio chest, still decided to awarded Fio a nonexistent penalty.

What a point of having VAR if something shameful like rhis took place even aith VAR in place?
on the 24th February, 2019 at 10:57pm
2 points separate us now.. Well see what happens. Forza Milan
on the 24th February, 2019 at 10:44pm
It's Milan who need Chiesa imo. Still have no winger with quality and pace. Chiesa could be the missing piece to take the squad up the UCL standard. He'd be a great addition to a young squad and be part of the strong Italian core. Unlike at Juve he'd get guaranteed playing time and with Gattuso a manager who makes strong bonds with his players, allowing them to grow on a mental/emotional level.
on the 24th February, 2019 at 7:17pm
As promising as he is, Chiesa is nothing like Baggio. Chiesa's, game as of now, is all about pace. We have heard similar things about Bernardeschi. The truth is that we haven't had anyone remotely close to Baggio ever since he hung up his boots. Baggio was an artist, supremely skillful, tricky, composed and intelligent. He was incredibly tough mentally, never giving up despite the many terrible injuries and pragmatic coaches that either didn't appreciate him, or didn't play to his strengths.
on the 24th February, 2019 at 12:39pm
Preach it Chiesa! Skriniar and Vrij are ready to listen.
on the 24th February, 2019 at 10:33am
Inter must continue to respect FFP rules...even though it is now clear that very few clubs around Europe are/have ever respected these rules. Something positively Orwellian about the situation, and most media say nothing.
on the 24th February, 2019 at 9:46am

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