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Of all the players, managers and directors linked with nouveau-riche Newcastle United during the past few days, Federico Chiesa is perhaps the most eye-catching. 

Not only because the Italy international is one of the most in-form forwards on planet earth at the moment – heir to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus throne – but because it would take a Premier League record fee to convince the two-time European Champions to cash in on their fearsome, fleet-footed Friday Night Dinner lookalike. 

According to Calciomercato, the bidding for Chiesa starts at about £102 million. 

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But then that wouldn’t scratch the surface of Newcastle’s fortune these days.

You get the feeling Mohammed bin Salman could accidentally leave £10 million in the washing machine and laugh it off as ‘just one of those things’. 

Newcastle linked with Euro 2020 winner Federico Chiesa

Julian Nagelsmann admitted in July even the mighty Bayern Munich couldn’t afford the “incredible” Chiesa these days, highlighting the “very, very big” price tag Juventus slapped on his head after a breakthrough Euro 2020. 

Having just lost their five-time Ballon D’Or winner, Juve have little interest in parting ways with another devastating wide man who, just like a young CR7, is developing at a rate no-one predicted. 

“For Chiesa, it will be extremely difficult to meet the expectations. I have heard talk about him winning the Ballon d’Or in three or four years – I agree (he can),” Juventus legend Alessio Tacchinardi told Tuttosport in August.  

“I see the same (skills) Pavel Nedved had. (Chiesa) has enormous qualities. He dribbles left and right and can shoot with very little space. 

“Last year he touched the border of the top players. I believe he will get there this year.”

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“In the European Championships, he was unbelievable. In the final against England, it was impossible to stop him,” adds another Juve hero, Gianluigi Buffon.

“After a season at Juve with Federico, (his performances) are no longer a surprise to me but it wasn’t obvious he would be able to play at such a high level in a tournament like the European Championship. 

“If you do those things at such a high level, it means you are really special.”

Step-by-step approach – for now 

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle’s PIF investors are taking a realistic, step-by-step approach to the transfer market for the time being. The likes of Conor Gallagher, James Tarkowski, Jesse Lingard and Youri Tielemans – who will become a free agent in 2023 – are likely to be at the centre of any immediate discussions. 

Money can only take you so far after all with Financial Fair Play in the room. 

And Chiesa isn’t going to swap a starring role at Juventus for a Newcastle side who remain winless in the Premier League.

Well, not yet anyway. 

If Newcastle are knocking on the door of the elite in a year or two, it could be a different story.

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