Manchester United line up summer bid for Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly sent scouts to watch Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa with a view to making a bid for the player in the summer.

It is understood that a Manchester United representative was watching as Fiorentina drew 1-1 with AC Milan last weekend.

Chiesa, 22, has scored 7 goals and made 5 assists in 25 appearances for La Viola this season. The winger – son of 90s star Enrico – has also become a fixture in the Italian National side and has 17 caps to his name.

He can play anywhere across the front three but prefers to play on the right, a position Solskjaer is known to want to strengthen. At 22, Chiesa also fits into United’s plan to buy young players who can be developed.

However, Chiesa – who has scored 21 goals in 121 appearances for Fiorentina – will not come cheap. He is contracted to the Florence-based club until 2022 and a figure of £60 million has been touted.

Other clubs are also interested: perennial Italian champions Juventus are keeping tabs on him, and others around Europe will be watching should any club make a bid.