Chelsea could beat Manchester United to the signing of Torino striker Andrea Belotti because the player wants guaranteed Champions League football.
The 23-year-old hitman has been outstanding for Torino this season and is joint-top scorer in Serie A with 25 goals.
That had led to plenty of talk about his future but the Italian outfit are desperate to keep their man and have a £84million release clause in his contract as a result.
However, should he move to the Premier League this summer then it would seem that Chelsea are now favourites over United, given that Belotti wants to play in the Champions League and Jose Mourinho’s men may not figure in Europe’s premier club competition, reports the Daily Star.
“The World Cup is the dream for any player, just like the Champions League,” Belotti told Sky Sport Italia.
“I never stopped to think about the weight of that €100m tag, because I always thought I should prove my worth on the pitch and those performances would ultimately set my value.
“In today’s world you hear about excessive transfer fees. Clubs pay €70m-€80m or even €100m for a single player.
“The level of the market has been raised so much in recent years and you hear excessive figures being bandied about.”