Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that he and Tottenham Hotspur’s hierarchy were interested in signing a striker this summer.
With Troy Parrott being loaned to Millwall, and Harry Kane suffering a serious hamstring injury earlier in the year, Spurs desperately need to bolster their striking options.
And it looks like the Tottenham boss has already made his move for one.
According to Italian outlet Di Marzio, the North Londoners have tried and failed to sign Torino hitman Andrea Belotti on a season-long loan.
The report adds that Tottenham wanted the 26-year-old with an option to buy him permanently for around £46.2 million next summer, with the Serie A club preferring an outright sale now.
Belotti is one of Italy’s best goalscorers and has found the net 52 times in his past three seasons – including 22 times last term.
In fact, former England manager Fabio Capello said in 2017 that the Italy international – who has 28 caps for his country – is ‘probably better than’ even Gabriel Batistuta.
He told Anch’io Sport on April 3 of that year: “Belotti is one of the best strikers in Europe. He knows how to move, he basically knows how to do everything. He’s fast, technically skilled and is probably better than Batistuta.”
The legendary Argentine marksman scored over 200 goals in Italian football following spells with Fiorentina, Roma and Inter Milan briefly.
So if Capello is right, and he’s genuinely an upgrade on Batistuta, then Tottenham supporters should be hoping that Mourinho doesn’t shelve his interest just yet.