Tottenham Hotspur could sign a Harry Kane replacement for nothing with Andrea Belotti increasingly likely to leave Serie A outfit Torino on a free transfer next summer, as reported by Calciomercato.
For Fabio Paratici, Nuno Espirito Santo and Daniel Levy, replacing their want-away skipper with a centre-forward of equal quality is a challenge akin to climbing the north face of the Eiger in slippers.
Unless Erling Haaland is willing to join a club that finished seventh in the Premier League last season – and let’s be honest, he isn’t – anyone tasked with stepping into Kane’s shoes, presuming he gets his long-awaited move to Manchester City in 2022, would probably be a downgrade.
Furthermore, with Vlahovic attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs on the planet and with Martinez expected to sign a new long-term deal at Inter Milan, the well of available strikers will soon dry up.
So the availability of Belotti, a striker in his prime and a reliable source of goals in a top-five European league, is unlikely to go unnoticed in north London.
Would Spurs fans be happy to see Belotti replace Kane at Tottenham?
“We had a chat with Tottenham but Belotti is too important for us,” Torino’s sporting director Davide Vagnati said 12 months ago, confirming Spurs tried to sign his free-scoring skipper (Football Italia).
“I’d love to see Belotti stay at Torino for the rest of his career.”
Wishful thinking, perhaps, as Calciomercato reports Belotti will become a free agent in July.
Furthermore, contract talks have been postponed until next summer as the Italy international looks to recover from a niggling injury that has disrupted his season.
A bullish, physical, penalty-box predator arguably more in the mould of Carlos Vinicius than Kane, Belotti has scored 106 goals in 231 games for Torino – a remarkable record given the Granata have finished 12th on average during his six years at the club.