Belotti happy to stay in Italy amid links with Chelsea and Arsenal

Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic believes striker Andrea Belotti wants to remain in Italy this summer, despite rumours linking him to a host of European giants in recent months. The 23-year-old has risen to prominence after scoring 28 goals in 34 games, and Chelsea and Arsenal are two clubs reportedly keen on his signature.

Belotti has a €100M release clause, but Torino could well accept less in the summer if the player requests a move at the end of the season. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have reason for their alleged interest in the Serie A star as they will be looking to strengthen the attack ahead of the new campaign. The two London clubs will have the money to spend on new players but it’s unknown how much Torino are realistically looking for.

Chelsea could be losing striker Diego Costa in the summer with reports suggesting the Chinese Super League are weighing up a lucrative bid for his services. Arsenal could be forced to cash in on Alexis Sanchez as the Chilean forward has so far rejected a contract extension. Belotti could be an able replacement given his goal output.

However, Mihajlovic poured cold water on the rumours and insisted he’s happy at Torino. “Everyone likes him, me, the fans, everyone. Belotti is not a player of this era but if he remains or not depends on many things. He’s happy here, I know that, and would be willing to stay. I hope he remains as long as I do but I do not know. The President has already stated that if the €100 million release clause is met then it will be up to the player himself.”

Torino will be in a difficult situation if they receive official bids for the striker this summer, and despite the president suggesting only a minimum of €100M will lead to talks, Belotti may be on the move for less given the calibre of clubs in bid for his signature.

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