Plenty of Everton fans have been discussing a transfer link to Andrea Belotti after La Repubblica (via Daily Mail) reported that the Merseyside club are vying for his signature with a view to making a summer swoop in the upcoming window.
As per the report, Napoli, Fiorentina, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are also said to be preparing bids for the Torino striker.
However, potential suitors from outside Italy may be handed a boost in their attempts to sign him, as the same publication reported that the player’s deal contains a release clause worth €100m (£89m), but that will only be valid for non-Italian teams.
Tuttosport (via Daily Mail) had previously suggested that Carlo Ancelotti wanted to snap up Belotti when he was in charge of Bayern Munich and Napoli. However, the Premier League outfit may have to stump up at least €50m (£44m) to seal the deal, with Fiorentina making the first move and offering €40m (£35.6m). The Italian club’s approach had been confirmed to the outlet by Belotti’s grandmother.
One fan has suggested that the 26-year old “could be the striker to replace Lukaku” and, whilst Belotti has scored eight fewer goals than the former Toffees ace in Serie A so far this season, the pair have recorded the same number of assists and Belotti averages more dribbles per game, according to Whoscored.
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These Toffees discussed the link on Twitter and it is perhaps no surprise that Blues fans are split based on those stats:
Quality player. Could be the striker to replace Lukaku goals…
— Matty Hughes (@MattyHughes10) June 7, 2020
Absolute gunman him
— DembaDigne (@DembaDigne) June 7, 2020
If it was remotely true it would be a big coup.
That being said Italian strikers haven’t exactly shone in PL in very recent years. We seemed to dodge a bullet with Gabbiadini.
I was always surprised we didn’t push for Petagna when Atalanta did us over as a replacement for Rom.
— Andreas Wätt (@Wattawildworld) June 7, 2020
Be better off listing the Serie A players we are NOT linked with
— Alex (@the_alexpeace) June 7, 2020
I’m very torn on him, had one amazing season, Torino didn’t wanted to keep him around for one more year, then he never replicated those same results. Very torn on him.
— Nathan Witmer (@N8_the_Gr8e) June 7, 2020
We’re definitely not
— Shane (@EfcShane) June 7, 2020
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