Torino chief playing games over value of Man Utd strike target

Date published: Wednesday 24th June 2020 8:04

Torino president Urbano Cairo says only an offer of €100m will be enough to persuade him to sell Andrea Belotti.

The 26-year-old forward was one of the hottest properties in Europe after his 28-goal return in 2016-17.

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

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.

More recently reports in Italy claim it could be a case of third-time lucky for United and Belotti with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward contacted by agents associated with the player to ask if they would still be interested in a deal.

 

 

 

Calciomercato claimed United could find a solution to their striker needs in Belotti, with intermediaries contacting Woodward to gauge his interest.

The striker remains contacted to the Serie A side until 2022 so he will retain some value to Torino, but it’s believed they could look to sell for around €70m (£61.1m) – giving Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer something to ponder.

 

‘I’ve rejected big money for him’

Cairo though insists he has no reason to sell Belotti and even with his contract running into the last two years, he remains adamant only a mega bid would prise him away from Turin.

“Why should I? I’ve rejected big money for him,” he told Rai Radio.

“I’m not selling him, why should I?”

“He’s also a very good striker for the Italy team, so I’m keeping hold of him. I’ve rejected big money for him and I haven’t regretted it at all.

“No-one ever came up with €100m, otherwise I would’ve been forced to sell him, but I don’t want to get into figures: he isn’t for sale.”

Belotti has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, including 10 in Serie A and La Repubblica claims that Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is in hot in pursuit of the former Palermo ace.

The report earlier this month, via the Daily Mail claimed Belotti was valued in the region of £44m.

A big difference from the €100m asking price that Cairo seems transfixed with.

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