Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa has joined Juventus on an initial two-year loan.
The 22-year-old has long been one of Serie A’s most exciting prospects, scoring 34 goals in 153 appearances for the Florence club. He’s started 2020/21 well, scoring in the 4-3 defeat to Inter and captaining his side in Friday’s defeat to Sampdoria.
He joins an exciting project in Turin, as Juventus look to rebuild under Andrea Pirlo and put together a side capable of finally winning the Champions League.
It was reported back in August that Manchester United had launched a €55m bid, which was seemingly rejected by La Viola. Since this move is a loan deal, there will be no such fee up front, but it is likely that Juventus have agreed on an eventual purchase worth something in that region.
Douglas Costa left Juve for Bayern earlier on deadline day, freeing up room in the Serie A champions’ squad for Chiesa. He will join former team-mate and name-sake Federico Bernardeschi in Turin, who made the same move in the summer of 2017.
Bernardeschi has struggled to really perform on a consistent basis and it had been previously suggested he could be heading back to Florence in order for Juve to complete their long-running pursuit of Chiesa. That hasn’t come to pass, however, and it seems the Federicos will be in direct competition for places for the remainder of 2020/21.
Chiesa is Juve’s fifth summer signing, after Arthur Melo, Alvaro Morata, Weston McKennie and Stefano Gori.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, have offset the departure with the acquisition of former Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura and Genoa centre-forward Christian Kouame, whose loan from Genoa was made permanent.