First ‘formal offer’ lodged for Man Utd target Belotti

Date published: Wednesday 7th June 2017 7:06

AC Milan have made the first formal offer for in-demand Torino marksman Andrea Belotti, according to a report.

Sky Sport Italia claim the Rossoneri made the offer, but it was considered not high enough so Manchester United remain in the running for the striker.

Torino want at least €70million in cash plus players, with Juraj Kucka and M’Baye Niang believed to be those of interest to former Milan Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Belotti has a release clause in his contract worth €100million, but that clause is only valid to clubs outside of Italy.

Torino president Urbano Cairo today insisted he was hopeful of keeping Belotti this summer.

United reportedly have Italy striker Belotti as their Plan B to preferred option Alvaro Morata, while Milan are also keen on both players.

And with Arsenal, Chelsea and Inter also among the striker’s suitors, Cairo knows the club may have a hard time keeping Belotti on board.

However, the Torino chief is adamant he is not looking to sell their prized possession.

“I’m not thinking about selling Belotti,” Cairo said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Belotti is my player, we only renewed his contract recently. Our objective is to keep him.”

However, he did accept that he would be obliged to sell the 23-year-old if United or any other non-Italian club matched his buy-out.

“After that, there is a release clause that would make me obliged to sell him, providing someone came in with €100m from abroad,” added Cairo.

Mediaset Premium insist that agent Jorge Mendes is working on behalf of Manchester United to negotiate for Belotti and while they do have the financial muscle, Milan do have an advantage with Belotti always insisting he is a Milan fan.

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