Torino forward Andrea Belotti has scored 25 goals in Serie A this season, The 23-year-old’s current contract at the Italian club runs up until 2021 and he has an escape clause for a move abroad set at nearly £85m
Manchester United have made the first move in the race to sign Andrea Belotti from Torino.
United have made it clear through intermediaries that they are prepared to pay £64million for the 23-year-old who has scored 25 goals in Serie A this season.
Belotti signed a new contract last year, tying the Italian international to Torino until 2021 and has an escape clause for a move abroad set at nearly £85m.
But his club accept the striker signed from Palermo two years ago wants to move on soon in order fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League.
United still face tests to secure a return to Europe’s premier club competition next season.
Jose Mourinho’s team trail in fifth in the Premier League with injury problems mounting although they can clinch a place by winning the Europa League.
They will play the first leg of a semi-final against Celta Vigo in Spain on Thursday.
Chelsea will be monitoring the situation because Antonio Conte has studied Belotti’s progress and is a keen admirer.
With his team four points clear at the top of the league, Conte can offer Champions League football with more confidence.
And Belotti is thought to prefer the idea of a move to London.
United, however, will test Torino with hard cash as they search for reinforcements up front with Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured and Wayne Rooney fading from favour and likely to depart.