Manchester United are reportedly ready to launch an €80 million (£70.6m) bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports in Italy.
Tuttosport claims that internationally-acclaimed football agent, Jorge Mendes, who is currently in Milan, Italy for negotiations, has informed the Serie A club of United’s willingness to submit an offer. Reports indicate that United’s offer falls short of the Italy international’s €100m (£88m) release clause.
Other reports claim that United boss, Jose Mourinho, personally called Belotti in late April to make the 23-year-old aware of United’s interest.
England’s Manchester United are facing stiff competition from Italy’s AC Milan for the Italy international, and the Serie A side have already had one bid rejected.
Football pundits say United does not want to lose out in the critical forward position, especially since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s likely exit from Old Trafford at the end of July, 2017, captain Wayne Rooney’s aging disposition and low form, and the relatively young and inexperienced striker force presently at Old Trafford (ie Marcus Rashford et al). United’s offer for Belotti indicates that the Red Devils are continuing to explore alternative targets to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
Earlier this week, Man United had a £52.4m bid for Alvaro Morata rejected by Real Madrid.
And the Spanish champions are understood to be valuing the striker, who only started 16 games in La Liga and the Champions League last season, at £78m.
Chris Davie reporting for METRO writes that Torino, meanwhile, continue to maintain that Belotti will not be sold for anything less than his €100m release clause which only applies to teams outside of Italy.
Is Torino’s Andrea Belotti coming to Old Trafford?
‘I have no intention of selling him, but there’s a €100m release clause,’ Torino’s president Urbano Cairo told reporters in Milan on Thursday. ‘If someone brings the €100m then I would have to let him go. ‘There’s a clause, so if a foreign team comes in and brings that number I’ll have to sell him. ‘That is unless the player decides to refuse and remains.’
Right now, it appears that it’s either Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and/or Torino’s Andrea Belotti – or Morata or Belotti (photos L-R: above) as the case may be. Whichever one, I strongly believe that Manchester United needs to renew or strengthen the forward positions or remain uncompetitive in the impending UEFA Champions League slated for next football season in continental Europe.
Up man U!