Newcastle United have been dealt a rather big blow in their pursuit of Andrea Belotti as Tuttosport (via Calcio Napoli 24) have reported that the Torino ace is not for sale in the summer transfer window.
As per the outlet, the Tyneside club as well as Everton have been monitoring his situation, as well as Serie A clubs Inter Milan, AS Roma, SSC Napoli and Fiorentina.
Indeed, this was a man who was once reportedly targeted by Manchester United in a quite staggering €100 million deal, which is the equivalent of around £89.5 million.
Should Newcastle break the bank to sign Belotti?
However, it looks as if Belotti will not be sold for any price in what is a pretty big blow to the Magpies given his goal-scoring pedigree.
The striker has scored a relatively impressive 137 goals in 331 games in all competitions in his club career so far, as well as netting nine times in 27 senior matches at international level for his native Italy, according to Transfermarkt.
At 26 years of age, Belotti is entering his prime years as a footballer, and so now would perhaps be a good time for the Toon to bring him to St. James’ Park.
The Italian would arguably also be an upgrade on the current forwards at Steve Bruce’s disposal, as Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto only managed to find the back of the net six times between them in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season (per Whoscored).
Nevertheless, it looks as if NUFC are going to miss out on signing Belotti, at least in this current window.
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