Club chief provides update on star striker amid Chelsea, Man United speculation
Torino director Gianluca Petrachi says Andrea Belotti will only leave to move to a top club this summer
Andrea Belotti will only leave Torino for a top club in the summer transfer window, according to the club’s owner.
The Italy international has established himself as one of the most-exciting prospects in Europa following a prolific 2016-17 season.
Belotti has been linked with Manchester United after the centre-forward’s return of 25 goals in 32 games in Serie A this term.
Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte is also thought to be interested in the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal are the third Premier League club touted as an option for Belotti, although the Gunners could miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League.
Torino director Gianluca Petrachi has warned Belotti’s potential suitors that it would take an offer from a top club to lure Belotti away from Tuscany.
“Mirabelli told me than Belotti is a player he is particularly interested in,” Petrachi told talkSPORT.
“I have also advised Belotti to remain at Torino for another year to grow and mature.
“If a top club were to arrive that targets the Scudetto, he could leave, otherwise he is staying with us. Are Milan a top club? In terms of history yes, but today they are not challenging for the title.
“It’s unlikely an Italian club will have the money to buy him. Andrea will only leave for a top club.”
Chelsea are seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the title race.
Manchester United could qualify for the Champions League if the Red Devils lift the Europa League trophy.