Arsenal have record bid for Andrea Belotti rejected
Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi reveals the Italian club rejected a €65m (£56m, $68.4m) bid from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti.
The Gunners apparently fancy the striker with Arsene Wenger wanting to strengthen his side’s attacking division.
The Sun reports the north London club were looking at the option of signing him either in January or after the end of the summer.
League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea have also shown interest in signing the 23-year-old.
Belotti has scored 13 goals and has three assists to his name in 17 league appearances. He is the second in the leading goalscorers’ list in the Serie A, one goal behind Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.
Despite confirming Arsenal’s bid for their star player, Petrachi confirmed the Italian striker will not be allowed to leave Torino.
Petrachi told Sky in Italy:
“We received and refused a €65m (£56m) offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player.
“Anyway, he is going nowhere for now. We want to enjoy him, then we’ll see what happens. We intend to keep Belotti and president Urbano Cairo signed this important buy-out clause. I think he’s worth more than they have offered.”
“We put a very high price on that clause to deter other clubs, and I want to keep Belotti close by.
“I’ve proved throughout my life that I’m more of a buyer than a seller, in fact I’ve never sold anything.”
However, the Evening Standard reports that Arsenal have rejected claims made by the Torino chief. The Gunners say they have not placed any bid for Belotti in the January transfer window.