Arsenal To Battle Chelsea For Belotti This Summer

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Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head to head for Italian striker Andrea Belotti. The Torino forward, also linked to a summer move to Manchester United, is expected to cost £85 million.

The winners and runners-up of this year’s FA Cup seem most likely to sign the 23-year old, according to The Sun. The Italian has caught the eye of numerous clubs with his 27 goals this season, and his performances have also prompted fellow countryman Antonio Conte to add him to his target list.

The Blues would still want to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, but with the Toffees likely to demand an exorbitant fee for the Belgian, Belotti would seem a more sensible option. Diego Costa, however, seems to be staying at Chelsea, after season-long speculation that he would leave.

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Moreover, with Michy Batshuayi also performing well for the Premier League Champions, Belotti might end up preferring a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners tried to sign the ex-Palermo man during the January transfer window, but their £56m offer was rejected by Torino, sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claimed.

The newly crowned FA Cup champions will have to try better come summer, though, as they might be in need of firepower in front next season, especially with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil likely to leave the Emirates sooner rather than later.


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