According to a report from Tuttosport this afternoon, Premier League champions Chelsea have been knocked back in a bid for Torino hitman Andrea Belotti.
Belotti, known in Italy as Il Gallo (the rooster), set the Italian top flight alight over the course of the 2016/17 campaign, racking up 26 goals and 7 assists in 35 Serie A appearances for a Torino side who finished in a disappointing 9th in the Serie A standings.
His predatory instincts had been suggested as potentially lethal before, but last season saw the 23-year-old take a step up performance-wise that few believed the former Palermo man would be capable of.
He signed a contract extension with the Granata last December, tying him down until 2021 and raising his release clause to a staggering 100 million Euro.
AC Milan were seen as the frontrunners in the race for Belotti’s signature, though the Rossoneri, seemingly scared off by Toro’s hefty demands, look to have switched their attentions to Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic.
Another of the clubs linked with a move for Belotti this summer have been Chelsea, though the Blues looked to have ended their interest in the prolific international following their capture of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
Nevertheless, Tuttosport insist that the English champions have returned with a 70 million Euro bid for Il Gallo, possibly due to the thoroughly underwhelming performance of Michy Batshuayi versus Burnley on Saturday.
However, the report also claims that Torino firmly rejected Chelsea’s offer, with Belotti looking increasingly likely to remain at the Grande Torino for at least one more season.