Everton boss Ancelotti chasing fast-depreciating striker target

Date published: Monday 8th June 2020 3:13

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is in pursuit of Andrea Belotti once again, according to a report in Italy.

Ancelotti is very familiar with Belotti’s capabilities from his time in Serie A, and the 26-year-old has been in fine goalscoring form this season for Torino.

With 15 goals in 31 games this campaign, Belotti looked certain to have  booked his spot in Italy’s squad for the European Championships before the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that.

Ancelotti is rumoured to have attempted to sign Belotti during his time in charge of Bayern Munich and Napoli with no success.

Now La Repubblica claims that Ancelotti is hot in pursuit of the former Palermo ace once again, with the report via the Daily Mail claiming Belotti is valued in the region of £44million.

Napoli, Fiorentina, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are also tracking Belotti, who has scored 72 goals in the past five Serie A campaigns.

Belotti’s value has dipped dramatically in recent years.

The Italy hitman was high on Manchester United’s list of striker targets in summer 2017, but the club were put off by his €100m asking price and instead signed Romelu Lukaku instead.

 

 

 

United were again linked with a move for Belotti in January 2018 as they sought a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but again Torino’s demands appeared to put them off.

While in April Calciomercato reported that United had been offered Belotti by the player’s intermediaries. The price quoted then was  €70million, but now the player is said to be available for almost half of that.

The striker remains contacted to the Serie A side until 2022 so he will retain some value to Torino, but he is certainly not the prize asset that they thought he was a few years ago.

 

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