Chelsea and Arsenal are preparing to battle over the signature of Serie A side Torino’s highly rated striker Andrea Torino, who is believed to be carrying an eye-watering £85million price-tag.
According to reports from The Sun, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the 23-year-old Italian is a suitable alternative option to Everton’s star striker Romelu Lukaku. Arsenal on the other hand reportedly had a £56million bid for Belotti turned down in the January transfer window, but are likely to test Torino’s resolve further in the summer, as they look to bolster their front line.
Belotti has been on sensational form for Il Toro this season, scoring 25 goals in 33 matches. Chelsea’s fiery striker Diego Costa has scored 20 goals in 35 league appearances, while Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez has been the stand-out player for the Gunner this season, scoring 24 goals in 36 matches across all competitions.
However, the future of these players is anything but clear at present. Costa has long been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, while Sánchez’s lack of desire to sign a new contract for Arsène Wenger’s side is likely indicative of a summer move away from the Emirates Stadium. Both players scored in yesterday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium; a fierce battle in which Arsenal claimed a deserved 2-1 victory.
The high-octane contest saw Arsenal seal the trophy with a 79th minute, with a winning goal from Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Sánchez’s close-range effort gave the Gunners an early lead, before Chelsea saw Victor Moses sent off in the 68th minute, receiving a second yellow card for diving in the penalty area. Diego Costa hit back for Chelsea soon after, but Ramsey secured the victory after slotting home from an incisive Arsenal break-away.
Both sides will now be looking towards next season’s campaign, and will be assessing their squads for potential improvements. It is likely that Conte’s side will have the advantage in their pursuit of Belotti, given that they are able to offer Champions League football next season.