Italy icon Ciccio Graziani has told TuttoMercatoWEB that Andrea Belotti must join a side where he will be the figurehead of the attack if he leaves Torino, amid interest from Arsenal.
Belotti’s future at Il Toro remains enshrouded in doubt with the forward in the final year of his contract. Alfredo Pedulla also reports that the concept of Belotti renewing his deal at the Olympic Grande Torino Stadium cannot be taken for granted.
The Torino captain is considering a new challenge after six years in Turin and Pedulla adds Roma have made contact. Jose Mourinho really admires the 27-year-old and is ready to pay between €15-18m (£13-£15m). Although Sevilla are also entering the race.
Sevilla have enquired into Bellotti’s situation, with Atalanta also keeping close tabs on developments. They will only move should Gian Piero Gasperini sell one of his current attackers, however. Leaving the door ajar for Arsenal to sign Belotti.
Reports by Tuttosport claim Arsenal have registered their interest in Belotti with Torino. The Gunners view him as a replacement for linked-away pair Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. But he may cost £25m, as the Daily Mail claim Tottenham were offered that price.
Graziani believes Belotti must really consider the implications of leaving Torino for Arsenal, Sevilla, Roma or Atalanta, though. The Italy icon feels he must join a club where he will be the main man, if the striker leaves a side where he is already the captain.
“So much revolves around Belotti’s future,” he said. “We need to understand what Belotti will do. He must decide with a club that must involve him for the next three to four years and make him become the symbol. But there can also be for his part, the will to change.”
Can Arsenal offer Belotti what Graziani believes the Torino striker needs?
Mikel Arteta could struggle to offer Belotti what Graziani believes the Torino striker needs if Arsenal pursue a transfer. While his arrival would likely only come if Lacazette or Nketiah leave, he would still face competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And while Aubameyang endured a sub-par campaign by his standards last term, the Gabon striker is Arteta’s captain. The Spaniard will hope his £250,000-per-week striker will bounce back, as well, after only scoring 10 times in 29 games – less than half his 2019/20 tally.
So, Arteta could have his work cut out trying to convince Belotti to leave Torino for Arsenal. The Euro 2020 winner would improve the overall quality of the Gunners’ attacking ranks if signed. He hit 13 goals, after 16 in 19/20, and seven assists in 35 Serie A outings last term.