Everton and Tottenham Hotspur target Andrea Belotti has his sights set on joining a big European club this summer after six years at Serie A outfit Torino, as reported by Corriere dello Sport.
And they say loyalty is dead in football.
While not quite a one-club man, Italy’s answer to Matt Le Tissier perhaps, Belotti deserves a lot of credit for sticking with a Torino side that has finished in the top seven just once in the past six seasons.
But, at the age of 28 and with his contract expiring in 2022, Corriere dello Sport claims this rampaging bull of a number nine is keen to prove himself on a bigger stage at long last.
Belotti has resisted the temptation to leave so many times over the years. But who can blame him if, as he enters his prime years, one of Europe’s most underrated attackers wants a new challenge?
Torino haven’t accepted defeat just yet but, with the £23 million-rated Italy international refusing to extend his current deal, the Granata may have no choice but to cash in on the eighth-most prolific goalscorer in their history.
At the weekend, Corriere Granata reported Everton’s former Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was keen to take Belotti to England.
West Ham are still in the market for a centre-forward while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are scouring the market for a man capable of replacing Benfica loanee Carlos Vinicius.
Speaking in October 2020 after the summer window slammed shut, Torino director Davide Vagnati confirmed Spurs had held talks with Belotti.
At the time, the Serie A strugglers refused to sell a player who was simply “too important” to their plans. But with Belotti’s contract running down, they may have no choice but to cash in one year on.
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