Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claims that Arsenal have made an unsuccessful attempt to land their top scorer Andrea Belotti.
Belotti, whose 13-goal Serie A tally places him 2nd in the scoring charts and eclipses his personal league tally from last season with some five months of the season remaining, will not be allowed to leave the club without an extravagant transfer fee (because apparently €65 million just isn’t enough).
“Yes, we received the offer, but it does not reflect the value of the player,” said Petrachi. “We intend to keep Belotti and president Urbano Cairo signed this important buy-out clause. I think he is worth more than they have offered.”
The rejected offer was believed to be in the region of €65 million (roughly £55 million), which would make the Italian striker the club’s record signing ahead of the £38 million paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
If Petrachi is speaking the truth, which is questionable to say the least, then he is hanging out for an offer closer to €100 million, which is believed to be the release clause for the 23-year-old.
Belotti is a capable finisher with both feet and a strong header of the ball. He is already internationally recognized with five appearances for The Azzurri, and his physicality would make him a fine fit for Premier League football. His strength and pace make him a difficult player to mark for defenders, as seen in the video below.Do you think Belotti would suit at Arsenal or elsewhere in the Premier League? Let us know in the comments section.