Manchester United have discussed a potential £57m offer with Torino over striker Andrea Belotti but will have to raise the figure to £70m, according to reports.
Recent reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho, who abandoned his pursuit of Antoine Griezmann to secure an all-out striker, had placed emphasis on the Italian as a viable alternative.
Belotti has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season with Torino, scoring 28 goals in 38 games and, in turn, prompting the interest of various European sides.
And according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, Man United will need to up their bid in order to secure the 23-year-old’s services.
Amid the rabid circulation of possible alternatives to Griezmann, it feels like we are gradually approaching a two man shortlist of Belotti and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
The pair do indeed hold similar attributes: relatively young, physically imposing on the ball, skilful, direct and, most notably, blessed with a deadly eye for goal.
Mourinho may prefer Belotti over Morata following a season that saw the former feature from the start more or less every week in Serie A, whilst the former, despite making more appearances, had to impress primarily from the bench at the Bernabeu. Morata, in fact, has only made 44 starts in four years.
The Portuguese, following an awkward September spell last season, has clearly placed emphasis on hitting the ground running.