If reports coming from Italy are anything to go by, Manchester United are ready to submit a whopping €80m (£70.6m) for Italian international and Torino’s forward Andrea Belotti.
Italian publication Tuttosport claims Jorge Mendes, who is currently in Milan for negotiations, has informed the Serie A giants of United’s interest to make an offer, although United’s bid still fall short of Belotti’s €100m (£88m) release clause.
The report also claims that Jose Mourinho personally called the Italian in late April to make him aware of the United’s interest. Sports betting odds favors him moving to Old Trafford this summer and not The Emirates but time will tell which among the Premier League giants will sign the Italian.
United are facing strong competition from AC Milan for Belotti, and San Siro outfits have already had one bid rejected.
Mourinho’ in courtesy of United bid for the Italian indicates that the club are continuing to focus on alternative targets to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
Earlier last week, the Red Devil’s had a report d £52.4m bid for Morata rejected by the reigning European Champions.
And Madrid are believe to be valuing the striker, who only started 16 games in La Liga and the Champions League last season, at £78m.
Torino, meanwhile, continue to insist their star man will not be sold for anything less than his €100m release clause which only applies to teams outside his hometown.
‘I have no intention of selling him, but there’s a €100m release clause,’ Torino’s president Urbano Cairo told reporters in Milan on Thursday.
‘If someone brings the €100m then I would have to let him go.
‘There’s a clause, so if a foreign team comes in and brings that number I’ll have to sell him.
‘That is unless the player decides to refuse and remains.’
In order news, United have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Benfica’s Victor Lindelof subject to a medical, which is reportedly taking place at Carrington today.
The Swedish has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and came close to a transfer to England in the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old had been keen to finish the season with the Portuguese giants before completing his move but he will now fly to Manchester this week to have a medical.
However, there hasn’t been any details of United arrangement with Benfica but it’s believed the deal is in the region of £35m.
United tweeted late on Saturday evening to confirm the news.
‘Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Victor Lindelof, subject to a medical examination, international clearance and personal terms,’ a statement read.
‘A further announcement will be made once the transfer is complete.’