Torino’s president Urbano Cairo has reiterated that the Serie A side will not sell striker Andrea Belotti unless someone triggers his €100m (around £85m) release clause.
According to Football Italia, the club recently rejected a bid for the 23-year-old striker from AC Milan, and there has also been reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, Cairo remained strong in his stance, reminding interested parties the player has a release clause in his contract for a reason.
He said, “I have no intention of selling him, but there’s a €100m release clause…
“If someone brings the €100m then I would have to let him go.
“There’s a clause, so if a foreign team comes in and brings that number I’ll have to sell him. That is unless the player decides to refuse and remains.”
The striker is sought after across Europe after scoring 26 league goals in 35 appearances last season. He also chipped in with seven assists, taking his overall contribution to goals up to 33.
AC Milan have made the Italy international their main transfer target this summer, but they will surely struggle to get any deal done if Manchester United or Chelsea ramp up their interest and meet Belotti’s release clause.
It seems as if the Red Devils’ number one target is Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, however they are yet to come to an agreement with the Spanish champions and Champions League winners, with Madrid reportedly holding out for £70m.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have prioritised Everton striker Romelu Lukaku but are unwilling to meet Everton’s £100m valuation – despite reports they have an agreement with the player.