Chelsea, Arsenal told to pay world-record fee for strike target

Date published: Monday 6th March 2017 8:28

Torino president Urbano Cairo has put Chelsea and Arsenal on alert by claiming that he would revalue striker Andrea Belotti’s release at €150million (£130million) if he could.

The Premier League duo are believed to be big admirers of Belotti, who scored an eight-minute hat-trick in Torino’s win over Palermo at the weekend, and has scored 22 times in Serie A this season.

The 23-year-old Italy international, who has scored three goals in five appearances for his country, has been strongly linked with a switch to England in the last couple of months but Torino are determined to keep their man.

Cairo told Sky Sport Italia: “We set Belotti’s clause and it’s true that we would be forced to sell him abroad for that sum if he agreed to the move.

“However, in Italy I still have the right to refuse all offers, or the player could decide not to leave even if there are offers above 100m euros (£86m).

“I don’t think we can raise the clause now, as we only just signed the contract. Of course, if I was negotiating it today, it should be 150m euros (£130m).

“The idea of the clause came to me after he scored against Roma in our home game. At 100m euros you sell players like Paul Pogba, Gonzalo Higuain and Gareth Bale.

“I hope nobody comes in with that money, because I’d happily keep Belotti for all the time he wants to stay at Torino.

“As long as he is here, I and the Granata fans will enjoy him.

“He really is an exceptional hitman and today you saw his instinct to be in the right place at the right time.”

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