Tottenham Hotspur are still monitoring Andrea Belotti but Zenit St Petersburg have made Torino an offer, according to Corriere dello Sport, for the striker Arsenal also admire.
Spurs have been attentive to Belotti for several months as he is now in the final year of his Il Toro contract. Torino are waiting for the Italian to respond to their offer of a new deal, after tabling €4m-a-year (£65k-p/w) terms.
Belotti is taking his time to assess options away from his Serie A side after returning late for pre-season after competing at Euro 2020. He will sit down and discuss his future with new Torino boss Ivan Juric for the first time at the club’s training camp on Tuesday.
Belotti is still undecided on leaving Torino amid interest from Tottenham and several clubs, including Sevilla. But Zenit are currently the only side to have made Il Toro a concrete offer. The Russian Premier Liga leaders bid €30m (£25.5m) for the Euro 2020 champion.
Corriere dello Sport do not note if Torino accepted Zenit’s proposal for Belotti. But the offer is close to the €34m (£29m) asking price Tuttosport previously claimed Il Toro set. The Italian publication also cited interest from Arsenal, AC Milan, Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli.
Meanwhile, Corriere Granata noted in April that Tottenham had eyes on Belotti, but they were not alone. Chelsea, Everton, West Ham, Inter Milan and clubs in Germany and Spain also wanted Il Toro’s captain after he scored 13 goals and offered seven assists last season.
Interest may be fading with Corriere dello Sport only naming Tottenham and Sevilla as rivals to Zenit for Torino’s Belotti. But the market can still move fast should the 39-cap striker opt to leave the Olympic Grande Torino Stadium.
Belotti can spark bidding way amid Tottenham and Zenit interest if he leaves Torino
Belotti earned his raft of suitors, including Tottenham and Zenit, by thriving in the Serie A with Torino. He has been their top-scorer in five of the last six seasons and never scored fewer than 13 goals in a campaign. Even if they have fought relegation in the last two terms.
Now, Belotti can spark a bidding way if he decides to walk away after speaking with Juric on Tuesday. And more offers will almost certainly come flooding in than just a move to Zenit.
The striker would offer more than just the goals and assists he provides. Italy boss Roberto Mancini lauded Belotti last year, via Gazzetta dello Sport, as he ‘has always worked like crazy’. He joked Belotti may even work ‘too much’, but hailed his ever-present impact.