Manager sends message to top striker about Chelsea, Man United link
Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic tells Chelsea and Manchester United to forget about signing Italy striker Andrea Belotti
Andrea Belotti has been urged to remain at Torino and ignore a potential move to Chelsea and Manchester United by manager Sinisa Mihajlovic.
The Italian forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, although Chelsea and Manchester United are both thought to be targeting targets higher up their wish lists.
The Torino striker scored 28 times in all competitions in his breakthrough season in Serie A to attract interest from some of Europe’s premier targets.
Manchester United are thought to be prioritising Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in the summer transfer window, while Chelsea are hoping to recruit Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has urged Belotti to remain at the Serie A outfit beyond the summer transfer window.
“Will he stay? I hope so and so does [president Urbano] Cairo who isn’t thinking of selling him,” Mihajlovic told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Then there’s the €100m release clause. If someone pays it then a flood of money will arrive, but then we’d have to change the way we play.
“It’s not just about replacing Belotti, it’s worse than that. It’s hard to find someone else who pulls their teammates forward and scores 26 goals.”
Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League last term but won the EFL Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea won the Premier League title in their first campaign under Antonio Conte but lost 2-1 to bitter rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
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