Director Confirms Arsenal €65m Bid for Striker
Arsenal have had a €65 million (£56m) bid rejected for Andrea Belotti, according to Torino’s Sporting Director, Gianluca Petrachi.
The 23-year-old striker is hot property having scored 17 goals in only 21 matches for club and country already this season.
Belotti has been capped five times by Italy since joining the Turin club from Palermo in August 2015.
The Premier League giants have predominantly used Alexis Sánchez up front to great success this season, whilst Olivier Giroud has started in this role in recent weeks, scoring in each of his starts.
When asked about receiving a bid from Arsenal, Torino’s Sporting Director told Sky in Italy (via Sky Sports):
“We received and refused a €65 million (£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.”
Danny Welbeck also made his return from a long-term layoff in Saturday’s FA Cup third round victory at Preston North End, giving manager Arsène Wenger another option up front for the second half of the season.
Andrea Belotti started his career in the lower leagues of Italy with AlbinoLeffe before being picked up by Palermo in 2014. In his first season he helped the club to promotion to Serie A.
The youngster struggled in his first season in the Italian top flight with Palermo, scoring only six goals in 38 appearances before Torino splashed out €7.5 million as Ciro Immobile’s replacement.
Belotti scored 12 goals in 35 league appearances during his first season in Turin before catching everyone’s eye during the first half of this season.