Report: Arsenal plot £29m bid for ace who club 'really like'; once labelled ‘better than Batistuta’
Arsenal are reportedly plotting a €34m (£29m) offer for Torino attacker and captain Andrea Belotti.
According to CalcioMercato, the Gunners are ready to submit an offer for the Italian international. Belotti’s deal with the Serie A side expires next year, and as per the report, the striker is a player Arsenal ‘really like’.
AC Milan and Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma are also eager on Belotti. However, the striker’s performances in this summer’s Euro 2020 have seen the Italy star garner more attention from teams on the continent. Namely, Arsenal.
A consistent performer for Torino
Torino value Belotti at £29m. The forward has been one of Serie A’s most consistent strikers over the past few years. The striker scored 13 goals and assisted another seven last season alone.
In 228 appearances for Torino, Belotti has hit 105 goals in all competitions, with the striker scoring 10+ goals in every Serie A side he has played in with the Turin-based club.
Indeed, the 27-year-old has drawn some big praise over the years. In an interview with Goal, former England manager Fabio Capello claimed that Belotti is ‘better than Batistuta’.
Arsenal should avoid Belotti despite impressive records
It still comes as a surprise that a striker as talented and consistent as Belotti remains a Torino player after all these years.
The Italian international has been one of Serie A’s top-performing strikers since his breakout year in 2016. The attacker is rumoured with some of the biggest clubs in Europe for a big-money move on a yearly occurrence.
Now it appears it is Arsenal’s turn to be linked with the striker. Yet as consistent as Belotti has been over the years with Torino, the Gunners should avoid the Italian international this summer.
Arsenal have a plethora of strikers. And with the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette not looking any more likely to leave as they were at the end of the season, there is a good chance the Gunners could start the 2021/22 campaign with four strikers, making a move for Belotti completely redundant.
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