Premier League • England

Man Utd, Arsenal interest mooted, but Everton mull over offer for free-agent Andrea Belotti

Andrea Belotti Italy June 2022

Everton are leading the Premier League chase for free-agent striker Andrea Belotti, according to a report.

It’s understood that a whole host of Premier League club’s could have more than a passing interest in the striker, who had a €100m release clause at one point.

Of course Everton are in need of a replacement for Richarlison, who has left for Tottenham in a £50m transfer. And Belotti may well be the bargain option that the club are looking for.

The Daily Mail claims “the idea of signing Andrea Belotti has been floated around” at Goodison.

Belotti is now a free agent after refusing to sign a new contract at Torino.

The 28-year-old  scored eight goals in 23 games amid a series of injury problems last season. Torino were keen to tie down the No.9 to a new deal, but the former Palermo man has elected to move on a free transfer.

The Express claims Arsenal and Manchester United” could be locked in a battle to sign Italy striker”.

But there appears no concrete interest from either club, although both teams were keen on player in bygone years. In fact Arsenal are understood to have lodged a €65m bid for the player in 2017.

Arsenal denied such an offer, but Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi was insistent Arsenal were just one of a number of clubs who wanted the player.

United were also continually linked and Erik ten Hag is looking for a striker.

Earlier this summer, The Sun claimed West Ham United could make a move for Belotti if Newcastle United make a bid for Sassuolo star Gianluca Scamacca.

Fond farewell for Belotti

Belotti has featured 44 times for Italy and has scored 12 goals. He played in all but one match at last summer’s Euro 2020 as the Azzurri won the tournament.

He now looks in line for a big contract somewhere and AS Monaco are in the running, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Belotti joined Torino from Palermo for a fee of €7.5m in August 2015. And they offered a classy parting statement.

A Torino statement read: “Dear Andrea, we acknowledge your decision to begin a new experience, from today we take different paths.

“We spent seven seasons together, which, in modern football, represent a very solid bond. And we always shared with the same passion joys and sufferings, emotions and disappointments.

“We thank you for everything you gave us. Proud of what you have become for Toro. We salute you by wishing you good luck in the continuing of your career.”