Man Utd joined by Newcastle in Federico Chiesa race with Fiorentina star eyed to start Saudi takeover revolution

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NEWCASTLE UNITED are set to rival Manchester United for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to reports.

The 22-year-old has impressed at the Serie A giants since breaking into their first team back in 2016.

His impressive performances have earned him a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad – as well as admiring glances from Old Trafford.

But according to La Nazione, Newcastle are considering a club-record £53.7million move for La Viola’s No25.

The move, however, is likely to hinge on whether the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund’s controversial £300m takeover from Mike Ashley is ratified by the Premier League.

The Magpies’ current record-buy is two-goal striker Joelinton – a £40m buy from Hoffenheim last summer.

But it is expected that this number could be beaten several times over should the Saudi takeover be completed.

As for United, club bosses may see Chiesa as a cheaper alternative to No1 target Jadon Sancho.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be keen on recruiting a new winger, striker and centre-back this summer.

Chiesa has been a regular for Fiorentina this term, scoring seven goals and assisting a further five in 30 appearances for Giuseppe Iachini’s side.

In making his international debut in 2018, Chiesa followed in father Enrico’s footsteps by representing the Azzurri.

Enrico scored seven goals in 22 caps for the Italian national team between 1996 and 2001.

And he also won the Cup Winner’s Cup with Sampdoria and the Uefa Cup with Parma during the 1990s in his successful career.

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