Report: Jose Mourinho tables £17m bid for powerhouse striker linked with Tottenham, club want £26m
Italian website CalcioMercato have claimed that Jose Mourinho and AS Roma have tabled a bid of £17million to sign Torino captain Andrea Belotti. Italy international Belotti is a target for Tottenham according to reports, along with Mourinho – with doubts over Harry Kane’s future still bubbling on the surface.
Belotti, 27, has a reputation as one of the best strikers in European football, but one that is yet to take the leap to a continental side. The 33-time Italy international has scored 105 goals in 228 Torino games, but is about to enter the last year of his contract. It is likely that Torino will cash in.
Back in April, Tuttosport claimed that Tottenham are keen on Belotti. That could still be the case given reports Kane wants to leave Spurs. But it appears they face strong competition in the race to sign him from Mourinho – the manager that left Spurs in March. However, Torino want more money.
Torino want £26m for Belotti – a no-brainer for Tottenham as Mourinho offer not enough
Belotti is a top, top striker. If Spurs need a striker to replace Kane, then Belotti is absolutely perfect. The report states that Roma’s £17million offer is not enough – Torino want £9million more. A few years ago, Belotti was being rated at a fee close to three times his current asking price.
Even if Spurs keep Kane, they need to consider Belotti. He has everything. If there is a difference between Belotti and Kane, it is perhaps that Kane is more creative – dropping deeper to create, while Belotti is a much more traditional number nine. At £26million, he is a bargain.
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