Manchester United in talks with Torino over Andrea Belotti – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have entered talks with Torino over a potential deal for striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports.

Reports have claimed that Jose Mourinho has tabled a £57m offer for Belotti, who claimed 28 goals last season, but may have to increase his bid to around £70m to secure the Italian’s signature.

Torino’s president Urbano Cairo recently admitted that he may be forced to sell the 23-year-old and knows full well that he would get more money from abroad for Belotti, whose £87m release clause is only applicable to clubs outside Serie A.

And according to Italian outlet TuttoSport, United have entered talks with Jorges Mendes, who is in Turin representing Belotti, over a deal for the striker.

Paying north of £70m, as it seems like Mourinho will need to do, for a 23-year-old with only one good season under his belt may seem slightly ridiculous at this point, with no massive transfers completed as of yet.

But by the end of August you sense that, actually, such a sum will align with the general pattern of splashes made by big clubs. More importantly, perhaps, this is – in similar fashion to Paul Pogba – a long term investment. Mourinho will need Belotti to hit the ground running, of course, but he will expect to see the Italian deliver for a number of seasons. United have not, after all, had a striker capable of delivering for more than one season for some time now.

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