Arsenal have already had one bid turned down for Andrea Belotti and with every goal, his price just keeps going up, so guess what he did again this weekend?
- Andrea Belotti would be a great Alexis Sanchez replacement
- He has 26 goals and 5 assists this season in 31 appearances
- His release clause is €100m
Andrea Belotti, the 23-year-old Italian centre-forward, scored another header as Torino took on Cagliari on Sunday. Cagliari took the lead in the 19′ min but before half time Ljajic and Belotti started Torino’s comeback which would eventually lead to a final result of 2-3 for Torino.
The goal was Belotti’s 10th of the season with his head, adding to his tally of 26 goals this season in all competitions. The young Italian’s 10 with his head is by far the most of any player this season with that part of the body. The likes of Mario Gomez, Sergio Ramos and Michail Antonio are in joint-second place with ‘just’ six headed goals each.
There are multiple teams currently tracking Belotti with Arsenal the only club that has sent in an actual bid.
It is suspected there will be a new round of negotiations come the summer transfer window as Arsene Wenger looks keen on adding Belotti to his squad, perhaps as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
Despite having to fight off the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man United for Belotti, the main problem for Arsenal is player’s release clause of £85m and contract until 2021.
Torino are unwilling to sell their star player for anything lower and Arsene Wenger isn’t convinced by that price tag.
Torino’s sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi, in a recent interview with Italian radio station, Rai, remained hopeful of retaining Belotti’s services.
“Belotti? The €100m clause seemed stratospheric, but now it seems low,” he said.
“For him and for us it is better if the rooster remains with us, he seems to be happy and willing to stay. He will talk with us directly.
“For him it’s been a wonderful season, it would be great for him to prove himself and go to the World Cup (in 2018) with a great fanfare, but we’ll see.
“Everything also depends on Belotti, he could say no to a farewell and our relationship with him is wonderful, but then if they offer €100m from abroad he could leave.”
It remains to be seen if any of the interested clubs will meet the Italian’s release fee, but at this moment this seems highly unlikely, especially with Arsene Wenger in mind.
Compared to Belotti’s goal tally last season of 12 goals in 35 games, this season’s 26 is truly great progress, but the young Italian still has some way to go to justify his huge release clause.