Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Azzurri striker Andrea Belotti and a report from Italy claims they are ready to make an approach.
After a fabulous start to the new season both at club and international level the Torino frontman has come on to the radar of Jose Mourinho. Belotti has scored 11 goals already this season, including three for the national team with two of those coming against Liechenstein last Saturday.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have this morning reported that Mourinho has sent scouts to check the progress of the 22-year-old, who moved from Palermo in July 2015 for a fee of around £7million.
Last summer champions Leicester City, West Ham and Arsenal all reportedly made enquiries about Belotti’s availability, but Torino resisted. But United’s interest now provides Torino president Urbano Cairo with a different prospect.
Cairo knows he has a prime asset on his hands and is set to give his star player a pay increase on his current €800,000-plus bonus a season.
Belotti has a deal with the club until 2020 and the patron and Torino want a further extension and to insert a buy-out clause that will only be available to clubs outside of Serie A.
The talk in Italy is that is will cost in excess of €50million to liure Belotti from Turin.
The player’s agent, Sergio Lancini, has been talking to the Serie A club representatives for the last month in a bid to secure a new deal with Torino.
Tuttosport claimed West Ham had a €30million offer turned down for Belotti before they signed Simone Zaza in the summer.