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Arsenal Respond to Striker Bid Reports
Arsenal have responded to reports over the weekend that quoted Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claiming the Premier League giants had made a club record £56 million bid for striker Andrea Belotti.
The 23-year-old is having his breakout season with the Serie A club, having scored 14 goals in 19 games in all competitions following his move from Palermo in August 2015.
Arsenal have denied the claims that they have made an offer for the Italian international, according to the Mirror.
Belotti’s fine form this season has seen him linked with a number of clubs around Europe with Arsenal one of the side’s strongly linked with a move recent months.
It appeared Arsenal’s interest had been made official when Torino sporting director Petrachi was quoted by Sky Sports News as saying:
“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.”
The Mirror claim that Andrea Belotti’s buyout clause is set at a staggering €100 million [£86.5m] and there is simply no way Arsenal would pay that sort of figure for one player so don’t expect a deal to happen unless Torino lower their asking price.
However, that looks unlikely as the club’s president Urbano Cairo told reporters after Sunday’s goalless draw at Sassuolo that they worked hard to get a high buyout clause inserted in to Belotti’s contract and insists the club do not want to sell.
Cairo is quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“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.”
We certainly have doubts over the validity of Torino’s claims as we doubt they’re in any position to turn down an offer of £56 million. Only two and a half years ago did they sell their 50% ownership of Ciro Immobile to Borussia Dortmund for €8 million.