Manchester United have made a concrete enquiry over a potential transfer for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports.
Andrea Belotti has made a massive name for himself in European football this season, as he has already bagged 27 goals in 34 appearances for Torino in all competitions so far, 25 of which have come in the Serie A.
The player’s lethal nature in front of goal has attracted the interest of numerous top clubs from all across the continent, and a major transfer battle is very much on the verge of ensuing at the end of the ongoing campaign.
Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho is currently believed to be on the lookout for a proper striker to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to be on the sidelines until 2018 due to a serious knee injury.
The Old Trafford outfit has, therefore, been linked with some of the most fearsome forwards on the planet by every major news outlet, but no speculation has yet claimed that United have registered a concrete interest in any player, until now.
According to the aforementioned report, Manchester United officials have initiated direct contact with the senior figures of the Italian club, so as to enquire about the possibility of a summer transfer.
However, with Belotti having signed a new long-term contract with Torino right at the end of 2016, the Premier League club will have to cough up a humongous amount to secure the Italy international’s signature.
Moreover, with Torino president Urbano Cairo having previously spoken about an apparent €100 million release clause in the 23-year-old’s contract, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho still opts for Belotti, or decides to move on and pursue other options like Romelu Lukaku or Kylian Mbappe.
For now, though, the Portuguese tactician and his squad will have to completely focus on qualifying for next season’s Champions League via whichever way possible, as failure to do so would ensure they have a torrid time in convincing any of these star strikers to make the switch to Manchester.
Written by Kunal Kambli