As Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his forward line this summer, the Independent claim that one top target is Torino forward Andrea Belotti. Given that his club’s president Urbano Cairo has stated in an interview with Radio 24 that he “would only sell him for €100 million”, just who is this striker?
A 23-year-old, out-and-out centre forward, Belotti plies his trade for Torino in Serie A. The club are Juventus’ city rivals and have been fired up the table by his return of 28 goals in 38 games, also earning him a call-up to the Italian national team.
Where has he been?
Belotti began his career with local team and Serie B outfit UC AlbinoLeffe, scoring 14 goals in 29 games after impressing for their B team. That form saw him earn a £5 million move to Palermo, also in Serie B at the time, after staying at AlbinoLeffe for a further year on loan.
His goals fired the side back up to Serie A and in his first season in the top flight he did enough to earn a £7 million move to Torino. A respectable 12 goal return last season was blown out of the water with his 28 goals in 2016/17.
What’s his style of play?
The number nine has a very physical style of play which will ensure that he wouldn’t make many friends with Premier League defenders if he does join the Red Devils. Not afraid to get back and defend, he uses his aerial strength to win and create opportunities for himself. A smart finisher, too, Belotti possesses almost the full package for any central striker.
What would his arrival mean for Manchester United?
Reports have indicated that he could form part of a new look front two with Alvaro Morata, a prospect that would leave United fans licking their lips. With plenty of effective wingers and service, Mourinho’s style would suit him well. However, given the similarities in his style with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his arrival would almost certainly rule out any hope of a return for the Swede.
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