Torino chairman Urban Cairo reveals no bid has been made for Andrea Belotti

by Leo Nieboer

Torino chairman Urban Cairo has revealed that no bid from Manchester United for striker Andrea Belotti has been made this summer.

Reports earlier this month claimed that Jose Mourinho, keen on signing an all-out striker before pre-season started, was lining up a bid worth €80m to secure the Italian’s signature

M.E.N recently reported that Man United considered Belotti’s release clause, stated to be €100m (£88m), to be exorbitant following just one successful season for the Italian.

And Cairo, speaking to Sky Italia, noted that no such bid had been received for Belotti from United or any other club.

“We have a contract until 2021,” he said.

“I know if he is here it’s not a gift, it’s the nature of our relationship. But absolutely it’s important that he stays happy, as I hope he will be if he stays with us. We will talk about it soon.

“No other clubs have contacted us, neither Paris Saint-Germain, nor Manchester United, nor Milan.”

The weakness of the pound against the euro is bad news for English clubs, and means that sides like Torino can request mammoth sums like £88m for players in excellent form and chuckle to themselves as the pound continues to deteriorate as Theresa May stumbles through fields of wheat and cluelessly into a hard Brexit that ultimately reduces this nation’s fiscal influence on the continental stage to a state of non-existence.

Anyway, back to Belotti: reports of Alvaro Morata’s move edging closer, with sources close to the 24-year-old revealing he expects to join United, it seems as if Mourinho has gone down the other route instead, leaving Belotti and his ridiculous release clause firmly in Serie A.

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