Andrea Belotti might refuse a move away from Torino, even if his €100m release clause is met this summer.
- Belotti settled at Torino, claims Torino president, Urbano Cairo
- Chelsea ready to trigger €100m release clause but Belotti could refuse move
- Arsenal and Manchester United also interested
- Striker scored 28 goals in 38 appearances over all competitions last season
Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with Belotti recently. However, even if the striker’s €100m release clause is met, Torino president, Urbano Cairo, claims that the 23-year-old is settled in Italy and could still stay put.
“I care about Belotti and I’m keeping hold of him,” Cairo told Radio 24 [via Football.London].
“He has a contract with Toro until 2021. I would only sell him for €100m, but even then he can refuse.
“The most important thing is what he wants, regardless of the release clause, and I believe he wants to stay.
“We are trying to build the best possible team at Toro. Belotti is busy on international duty at the moment and then he is getting married on Thursday – he invited me.”
Chelsea are reportedly to trigger Belotti’s staggering release clause. The Italy international scored 26 goals and assisted eight in 35 Serie A appearances last season and is therefore a player in demand.
However, as Cairo points out, Belotti has four years left on his current deal with Torino and he’s a human being. Even if a club come in and met his release clause, he doesn’t have to go. Likewise, the Serie A club are obviously happy with their man and have no reason to sell him right now.