As per a number of reports in Italy this afternoon, Torino have informed AC Milan of their hefty demands for star striker 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 the recently-finished campaign 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 Turin-based side last December, tying him down until 2021 and raising his release clause to a staggering 100 million Euro.
As a result of his stellar showings last season, as many as 8 top European clubs are rumoured to have been in contact with Torino regarding Belotti’s availability over recent weeks.
At the forefront of the interested parties to this point have been Chelsea and AC Milan, with both clubs desperate to sign a top-class centre forward this summer.
However, the Premier League side have secured a deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, meaning the Rossoneri are now clear favourites for Belotti’s signature.
It was widely reported that Milan offered their Serie A rivals 35 million Euro plus attacker M’Baye Niang and defender Gabriel Paletta, though this offered was swiftly rebuffed.
And, if this afternoon’s reports are to be believed, then the Diavolo were actually some way short with this offer.
Sources suggest that Toro President Urbano Cairo has demanded 70 million Euro, along with Niang, Paletta and talented youngster Manuel Locatelli for Belotti.
It is unclear as of yet whether Milan would consider such a monumental offer, with Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic remaining a much cheaper and possibly more realistic option.