What Andrea Belotti Will Bring To Manchester United If He Arrives At Old Trafford

What Andrea Belotti Will Bring To Manchester United If He Arrives At Old Trafford
Jun 11, 2017

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With the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic now confirmed and the future of Wayne Rooney appearing uncertain, José Mourinho is looking to bring two new forwards to Old Trafford this summer. Terms have already been agreed for Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata, with a £60 million deal expected to be completed shortly. And, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, United are also closing in on the signing of Torino striker Andrea Belotti for around £70 million.

The 23-year-old scored 26 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season, attracting attention from some of Europe’s top clubs as a result. Reports in Italy have suggested that AC Milan are interested in luring him to the San Siro, and could return with a second bid despite having an initial player-plus-cash offer rejected.

It’s more likely we’ll see Belotti playing in the Premier League next season though, and Mourinho is confident that United can land his signature without triggering the £88 million release clause, which can only be activated by clubs outside of Italy.

Jorge Mendes, Mourinho’s agent, has reportedly landed in Turin and is attempting to negotiate a deal ahead of both Chelsea and Arsenal, two more clubs targeting the forward.

The arrivals of both Morata and Belotti, should United be able to complete the audacious £130 million swoop, would surely make the Red Devils a force to be reckoned with going into next season. The pair scored 41 goals between them throughout the 16/17 campaign, and would no doubt form a lethal strikeforce at Old Trafford.

At 23, Italy’s hottest prospect has an exciting future ahead of him. Only Edin Džeko (29), and Dries Mertens (28) found the net on more occasions than Belotti last season.

But Il Gallo, named after his trademark rooster celebration, has been unable to find success with Torino since arriving in 2015. And despite penning a new deal with the club last year, it’s understood that he is determined to force a move away from Turin this summer.

Champions League football at Old Trafford could well be enough to convince Belotti to join United. It’s unlikely that Torino will let him go for a sum that’s so far off the buy-out clause, but after losing out on Griezmann, I’d be surprised if Mourinho gave up on this one without a fight.

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