Manchester United remain in the running to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to a report in Italy.
Belotti, 27, has been linked with United on numerous occasions. Torino though have been reluctant to let their talisman leave. This summer however could be different with the forward’s contract up in 2022. That situation is more pressing for the Serie A strugglers this time around and they will not want to lose him for free in 14 months time.
There is a €100m release clause in Belotti’s contract, which nobody will meet with his contract running down.
That price tag has probably brough several suitors to the table and Calciomercato, via Sport Witness, names Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as protagonists.
The pair have “set their eyes” on the striker, but they face competition several other Serie A sides. In fact “offers aren’t lacking” for him this summer.
Torino Granata recently confirmed that Chelsea made an enquiry for Belotti.
AC Milan and AS Roma have also been linked with the player, who is believed to be hungry to compete for silverware. With Torino fighting relegation Belotti could be excused for wanting to switch clubs after six years in Turin.
The Italian report claims a renewal is not completely ruled out. Torino may try to convince him extend his contract and to stay for at least one more year, with the promise of selling him if they missed out on European competition.
United are hunting for a new striker with Edinson Cavani likely to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Football director John Murtough (via Manchester Evening News) recently told a fans’ forum that the club were working on summer targets.
He said: “The recruitment department need to focus on bringing in players for tomorrow. Those who have potential and for today, those who are ready to play for the first team now.”
Whether Belotti would fit into that bracket at 27 remains to be seen.
Stretty News though have reported “a recent offer was made to Everton” for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. It’s unclear the outcome of the bid, but it’s understood Everton value the England international in excess of £80m.