After scoring 25 goals for Torino in Serie A this season, there was no way Andrea Belotti wouldn’t be linked to Europe’s biggest clubs this summer.
Manchester United were linked last summer and are interested once again, according to a report from The Independent.
The Italian striker has a £84m release clause, and for a few months Torino have been claiming they will not let him leave the club for less.
President Urbano Cairo has given an interview to Radio 24 (via Sportsmediaset), and when asked about the 22-year-old’s situation, said he hopes he remains at the club.
Questioned about any clubs who want to pay the clause, he said: “The hundred million clause? There are so many and I hope they will not arrive… So I’m happy if he stays with us.”
The official claimed that many clubs have watched Torino this season, but he hasn’t received any approaches: “For the moment, however, nobody called me to ask for Belotti.”
Signed from Palermo for only €8.4m in 2015, the player had his potential quickly rewarded by Torino, who gave him an extension last December. His current deal runs until 2021.
At 23 years of age Belotti may be considered a little inexperienced for Jose Mourinho, who already has a selection of young forwards and will need to replace the maturity of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.