Reports claim Torino will only sell Andrea Belotti if his buyout clause is met, and the Italian side have rejected a £51m bid from Chelsea for the striker as a result.
Belotti has bagged an impressive 24 goals in Serie A this season and has a lengthy contract with Torino that doesn’t expire until 2021. Such a big contract means Torino’s chairman, Urbano Cairo, has some considerable control over negotiations with clubs who are interested in his star striker, as has been proven by Torino rejecting a huge bid from Chelsea according to The Mirror.
Chelsea’s reported offer was an initial €60 million with a further €40 million in bonuses linked to goals and appearances. The Blues’ interest is supposedly led by manager Antonio Conte, who according to Italian outlet Tuttosport has made working with Belotti a personal target.
Belotti, 24, has been called up to the Italian national side this season following his fantastic Serie A form. Many other clubs around Europe have also been linked with the player due to his domestic goal tally, though recent comments from Cairo suggest Torino are more likely to be open to a sale next summer rather than in the coming months.
“I think he needs to consolidate and have another great season and then go to the World Cup in really high spirits, and then we will see”
“I would keep him here for life, but I’m obliged to let him go if somebody from abroad offers €100m. Then it would be down to him — he could even say no, but I have a splendid relationship with Andrea and I think we can still go a long way together.”