Will Andrea Belotti Join the Blues?
The summer transfer window is closing fast, and with it, an ever-increasing number of transfer rumours are hitting the press. One of the latest is about the Blues’ renewed interest in Andrea Belotti, the 27-year-old Torino star who, apparently, was on Everton’s radar since forever. This year might be different, in turn, as Belotti’s contract with Torino is set to expire, renewing not just a variety of clubs’ interest in him but also a series of transfer rumours linked to his name.
Last year, Italian football portal TuttoMercatoWeb reported that Everton set aside 60 million euros (around £53 million at the time) to sign the 27-year-old striker. This year, in turn, he is reportedly worth just £23 million, less than half of the amount The Toffees earmarked for his transfer last year. Or, expressed in another way, about twice the online casino jackpot won by a lucky player in 2015. The price tag is based on a recent report by another Italian sports portal, Corriere Dello Sport, which links Belotti to Roma in a transfer worth 25 million euros.
Up for grabs?
Apparently, the reason for the much lower transfer fee is the fact that Belotti’s contract which keeps him at Turin is set to expire in June 2022. This, of course, doesn’t automatically mean that he will leave Torino – on the contrary, club president Urbano Cairo disclosed that he was preparing to offer the player a brand new deal that’s in the works as we speak. Cairo told the press at the time that the relationship between the club and Belotti ‘must continue’, and was convinced that Belotti will also agree to extend his stay at the club.
On the other hand, Corriere Dello Sport reports that Belotti has not yet accepted his new contract – and may have lost his patience at Turin, looking to fulfil his ambitions to play with a “big European club”.
Belotti at a glance
Belotti joined the AlbinoLeffe youth academy in 2006, at the age of 13, and made it into the first team in 2012. A season later, he moved on to Palermo where he advanced to Serie A in 2014 but he was mostly a substitute, even if he performed well on the turf. So, he left Palermo for Turin in 2015 in a transfer worth 7.5 million euros – and it was his time to shine. While there, he played in 200 league games, scoring 90 goals in the process, and became one of the club’s top 10 goalscorers, and was capped 32 times for the Italian National Team, scoring 11 goals for his country.