Arsenal fail with £56m offer for Serie A striker, claims Torino director

Torino have rejected a £56m offer for Andrea Belotti from Arsenal, according to the club's sporting director

Torino have rejected a £56m offer from Arsenal for their prolific striker Andrea Belotti, according to the Serie A club’s sporting director.

The Sun reported last week that the north London club were monitoring the Torino centre-forward in the January transfer window after Arsene Wenger identified the 23-year-old as a potential signing.

Belotti has scored 13 goals and has made three assists in 17 appearances in Serie A in the 2016-17 season so far – only Mauro Icardi has netted more times in the Italian top flight this term.

The exciting Serie A prospect has earned five caps for the Italian national team in his blossoming career so far after netting 12 times in 35 appearances last season.

Speaking to Sky Italia – as quoted by Sky Sports, Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claimed that Arsenal have already made a £56m offer for the striker which the Italian club rejected.

“We received and refused a €65m (£56m) offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player.

“Anyway, he is going nowhere for now. We want to enjoy him, then we’ll see what happens.

“We intend to keep Belotti and president Urbano Cairo signed this important buy-out clause. I think he’s worth more than they have offered.”

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Arsenal signed uncapped Spanish forward Lucas Perez in a £17m deal from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer transfer window.

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