Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to sign Torino forward Andrea Belotti in the summer. The Blues are looking to bring a world-class center-forward in this window and they have already been linked with Erling Braut Haaland and Romelu Lukaku.
Belotti is the cheaper alternative to Haaland and Lukaku. Borussia Dortmund have put a €150 million price tag for Haaland for this summer. Haaland has a release clause of €75 million which will come into play in the summer of 2022. While Inter Milan want €120 million for Lukaku.
The 27-year-old Belotti has a contract with Torino until June 2022. So, either they have to sell him this summer to get some transfer fee or get him to sign a new contract. Otherwise, he can leave for free next summer.
He is too good to play for a side who are battling for survival in Serie A. And at this stage of his career he should take a bigger challenge and Chelsea will be a perfect destination for that.
Will Chelsea be able to land Belotti?
Reportedly Belotti has an exit clause of €100 million in the contract. However, the Torino have to sell their star for a cut-price of €30-40 million to Chelsea if they come. As he will remain only one year in his contract in this summer transfer window.
Torino are preparing to offer him significantly improved terms to ensure the 27-year-old forward extends his deal for two years with the option of a third.
Belotti came into the spotlight in the 2016-2017 Serie A season, where he scored 26 goals and assisted 7 times in 35 appearances. Since then he has been a consistent goal scorer and talismanic figure for Torino. This season the forward has scored 11 goals and assisted 5 times in 26 league games.
Chelsea will have to battle in the transfer market to sign the Torino star Belotti. David Moyes’ West Ham, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, and Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton are the other teams mentioned who are among the interested clubs.
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