According to reports, Belotti is keen on competing at the highest level, and that specifically includes Champions League football. United are currently 5th in the Premier League and are struggling to get into the Champions League qualification spots.
With Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of them and just four games left to play, the only chance the Old Trafford outfit would have of making it into the competition through the Premier League would be to win all their remaining games. While it may be possible, it is unlikely, as their run in includes games against second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and sixth-placed Arsenal.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are edging closer to sealing the Premier League title, and are assured of a place in next year’s edition of the Champions League. And with Diego Costa’s head inclined towards a big money move to China, the Blues are weighing up a move for Belotti, who would be a perfect replacement for the Spaniard.
Torino are understood to have inserted an £84 million release clause in Belotti’s contract. However, with Roman Abramovich as their chairman, money has never been an obstacle too high for the Blues.
United are also willing to meet Torino’s enormous demands, but would only stand a chance if they can guarantee him Champions League football. At the moment, the Red Devils’ best chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite tournament next season appears to be through the indirect route of winning the Europa League.
Belotti has been in sensational form this season, and is currently joint-top scorer in the Serie A with 25 goals to his name.
Jose Mourinho is, at present, on the look-out for a world class striker to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose Old Trafford career appears to be over after he ruptured his cruciate ligaments, and 23-year-old Belotti could be the ideal long-term replacement the Portuguese boss is searching for.
However, it is Mourinho’s old club Chelsea who appear to hold the upper hand in the race for the gifted young striker.
Belotti recently spoke about his desire to play in the Champions League and more, by telling Sky Sport Italia: “The World Cup is the dream for any player, just like the Champions League.
“I never stopped to think about the weight of that €100m tag, because I always thought I should prove my worth on the pitch and those performances would ultimately set my value.
“In today’s world you hear about excessive transfer fees. Clubs pay €70m-€80m or even €100m for a single player. The level of the market has been raised so much in recent years and you hear excessive figures being bandied about.”
Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath
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