Italian outlet CMW claim that Liverpool have identified Juventus winger Federico Chiesa as a potential long-term replacement for Mo Salah – with Salah struggling to live up to his brilliant best this term since the exit of Sadio Mane.
On the face off it, Salah is having another excellent season. The Egyptian skipper has scored 17 goals in 29 games, and laid on six assists. But in the Premier League, he has just seven goals in 19. Yet to score since the turn of the year.
It comes after the ex-Chelsea and Roma man extended his contract at Anfield until June 2025. Mane left Liverpool in the summer to join Bayern Munich, and it has affected the Reds. Liverpool could look to replace Salah in the long run.
Chiesa is a name on their shortlist. Liverpool have identified the 40-time Italy star as a replacement for Salah, who has just returned from a long-term ACL injury. In 60 games for Juventus, Chiesa has 35 goals and assists in 60 matches.
Liverpool identify Chiesa as long-term replacement for Salah
Chiesa would be a wonderful signing. He seems like the ideal Liverpool winger. Hard-working, strong, able to score goals and create them on a regular basis. The Italy star has been described as “unpredicted” by Antonio Di Natale.
But is he good enough to replace Salah? You would argue that Chiesa’s ability to contribute to play and both create and score goals is better than Salah. But, his finishing is not as strong as Salah’s. His goal threat is simply not as strong.
That could come with time. Chiesa is still early in what is likely to be a long-term career. Is he as robust as Salah, who rarely misses a game? Until his ACL injury, you would suggest he was. CMW say he would cost £53m, which is cheap.