For some reason, Andrea Belotti is being thrown around as an £85m target for Chelsea.
It’s easy to see where that comes from, with multiple reports relaying an article from Corriere Granata, as the striker has a release clause of €100m, which equates to that amount.
That being said, there’s no mention that Torino would ask for that much, and Torino Granata (a different website) try to clear things up when discussing an article from Wednesday’s Corriere dello Sport.
It’s explained that despite the importance Belotti has in his club’s hierarchy, the 27-year-old could leave ‘for “only” €25m’, which is ‘exactly a quarter’ of his release clause.
The article from Corriere dello Sport didn’t mention Chelsea, focusing on Milan and AS Roma instead, but the one from Torino Granata does, revealing there are ‘many tracks’ for the Italy international, exemplified by the Blues’ ‘recent enquiry’.
However, it’s made very clear Marina Granovskaia and co. ‘will not act unless a major player of their current attack is allowed to leave’.
While Timo Werner has been disappointing for Chelsea, we can’t see Thomas Tuchel accepting his departure this summer, meaning it could depend on what happens with either Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham.
Were Belotti to leave Torino, he certainly wouldn’t do so to play second or third fiddle at Stamford Bridge, meaning any move would have to come with some guarantees.
Can Chelsea give them to him?