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Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd target Chiesa hints at favoured destination

12:34 PM WAT 17/02/2018
Federico Chiesa Fiorentina
The highly-rated Fiorentina forward, who has also been linked with Tottenham, has refused to rule out a move as summer transfer talk starts to build

Federico Chiesa has offered an indication as to where he could end up if he leaves Fiorentina for the Premier League.

The 20-year-old forward, who is the son of former Italy international Enrico, has attracted admiring glances from a number of sides in the English top-flight.

Manchester rivals United and City, along with London foes Chelsea and Tottenham, have all been credited with holding an interest in the highly-rated winger.

Chiesa has refused to rule out a move and hinted that the Etihad Stadium would be his preferred destination as he is a big fan of an attacking talent already on Pep Guardiola’s books.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “I really like [Leroy] Sane. He plays for Manchester City along with other great champions of the calibre of Kevin De Bruyne. They play beautiful football and I like the way Sane interprets the role.

“So I enjoy watching Sane, but also Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and other wingers who with hard work have achieved remarkable objectives.

“I’ll say Sane, though, because he is only a year older than me. To see a player of this age doing so well in a team that is targeting Champions League success is wonderful.”

Chiesa, who has five goals and two assists for Fiorentina this season, added when quizzed on what his future holds: “I don’t know, because I am focused on training and the weekend’s game, so I don’t look beyond the fixture list.

“The rest will come when it comes.”

While currently being a fan of star turns at Manchester City and Bayern Munich, Chiesa admits that he idolised stars closer to home while growing up.

“I never supported a club as such, but I was very passionate about the Milan full of champions, with Ricky Kaka always being my idol,” he said.

“It was Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and the others. I really liked watching that Milan side.”