According to a report in Italy, Everton have failed with a transfer approach for Torino attacker Andrea Belotti.
Tuttosport is reporting on the future of Torino’s captain, who was also a January target for Serie A rivals Fiorentina.
They claim that Everton have had an initial offer of €45 million (£39.5m) rejected for the player, who Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wanted at Napoli last summer.
The report claims Everton are willing to up their offer as Ancelotti sees Belotti as a needed force in attack. It is claimed that Everton’s boss wants a powerful central striker in Belotti’s mould, who has been compared to Everton legend Duncan Ferguson in the report.
At the moment, Everton are well-stocked in attack but the likes of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean are all very different prospects compared to the bullish Torino attacker.
Belotti, who has scored 15 goals in 31 games this season, would offer a more physical force.
Of course, it would still be a surprise to see Everton spending so much in attack. Given the current global health crisis and FFP concerns, the Toffees must be mindful of their spending in the summer.
However, it appears that Belotti is a major transfer target for Ancelotti and that Everton could end up spending north of £40 million to secure his services.