Manchester United are reportedly ready to rival Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool for the signature of Torino forward Andrea Belotti. According to Express, Manchester United are the latest club to be following the striker and could make a move when the summer transfer window opens. Earlier, it was also reported by Express that Real Madrid are also ready to make a move for the forward, whose release clause is believed to be around £84 million.
It is widely expected that a huge tug of war may be on to sign the young Italian Striker, who has scored a total of 61 goals in his career. He has 31 goals for Torino, since joining them in August 2015 and is shrewd in front goal.
His arrival is sure to shake up any line-up and can provide competition for any striker in Europe. Emiliano Mondonico, his manager while he was at Albinoleffe, described him as a ‘muscly forward who is full of quality’. He has been known to be an old-fashioned centre-forward, similar to the likes of Olivier Giroud.
Belotti has a keen eye for the goal and is a huge threat because of his street smart thinking. He has also been compared to players like Roberto Boninsegna and Gianluca Vialli.
It is believed that the Italian striker is an alternate option for Manchester United, who are actually pursuing Antoine Griezmann as their top target.
However, with a host of clubs chasing him, Belotti might actually benefit by joining Manchester United as there are a lot of youngsters already in the club’s set-up. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney are not getting any younger and so time will come sooner than later to replace the old war horses. Belotti can play anywhere across the frontline and can also play as a second striker, which means that he can be used as a floater and can be played anywhere in the attack, thereby freeing up space in the squad.
Belotti will certainly grow by moving to England because of his traditional way of playing. He is known to be strong and so he will suit the style of play in England. The fact that he is also clever and witty means he can thrive in almost any league in the world.
Come summer, all eyes will be on the 23-year old Italian forward and a huge bidding war is expected to go on with all the big European clubs linked with him.