Torino manager claims Manchester United must pay €100m for Andrea Belotti

by Tanveer Arayan

Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has spoken out about the future of Manchester United target Andrea Belotti.

He has been recognised as a potential striker signing at Old Trafford as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been released after picking up a serious knee injury.

Alvaro Morata has been identified as a priority signing, but reports claim Man United will still pursue two strikers as Real Madrid look to play hardball over the transfer fee.

Belotti has a £87m release clause in his contract and although Mihajlovic would like to keep hold of the player, he claims a flood of money could arrive.

“Will he stay? I hope so and so does [President Urbano] Cairo who isn’t thinking of selling him,” he said.

“Then there’s the €100m release clause. If someone pays it then a flood of money will arrive, but then we’d have to change the way we play.

“It’s not just about replacing Belotti, it’s worse than that. It’s hard to find someone else who pulls their teammates forward and scores 26 goals.

“What I always say to him – and what I told [Christian] Vieri via Gazzetta – is don’t lose your head; sacrifice, keep improving, don’t lose than hunger that made you the player you’ve been recently.”

Belotti would be an incredible signing, but as Mihajlovic claims, selling the striker would leave them having to scramble for a replacement, who may not even perform.

They’re in a good position to keep hold of Belotti and unless United raise a substantial fee, I don’t see him being allowed to leave.

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