According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Bayern Munich are prepared to bid up to €60m for Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The young Italian winger is seen as a potential successor to Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery, and the Bavarians want him as part of the summer rejuvenation program.
However, there is a problem. Fiorentina don’t want to accept anything less than €80-90m, which is a rather excessive number for a player whose G+A numbers are more in line with Thorgan Hazard. Complicating matters is the issue of Juventus, who are reportedly ready to meet Fiorentina’s demands, even though they already have Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi, and Cristiano Ronaldo as wingers.
Now, Gonzalo Higuain aside, Juventus are usually rather sensible with their spending, so this report doesn’t make much sense. It’s understandable that they may be getting somewhat desperate to win that elusive Champions League title, but having failed to make the semi-finals this year, the Bianconeri may find themselves constrained financially for such a transfer. It’s not like they need wingers either — Juve are far more desperate for midfielders.
Of course, if Juventus are seriously interested in Chiesa, it would be very difficult for Bayern to compete with them. Just as Bayern have the edge with German talent, Juve get the edge with Italian talent, because players usually prefer to remain in a league with a familiar culture and playing-style.
TL;DR: This rumor is too far-fetched to be true, so we shouldn’t hold our breath. It’s been a fad to link Bayern with every young winger across Europe these days, therefore separating the actual reports from the fake news is tough. However, we can probably put this one in the “unlikely” category.