Torino President: 'No Chelsea offer for €100m Serie A striker'


Chelsea could be willing to pay Torino striker Andrea Belotti's £89M release clause, according to the Independent.

Chelsea have been forced to alter their transfer plans after missing out on the signing of Romelu Lukaku, who officially joined Manchester United for £75m on Monday.

The Italian worldwide has a clause in his contract that means he can leave for £85m if a non-Italian club makes an offer and Zola believes the 23-year-old is worth the risk, especially if the Blues want someone similar to Costa.

Chelsea continue their quest to find a long-term replacement for Diego Costa, with Belotti remaining a key target.

Belotti scored 28 goals in all competition last season.

And The Independent reckon Chelsea are desperate to please Conte and could pay £89m for Belotti.

"He has a €100m release clause".

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"For now no-one has come in for him".

'I want to understand his intentions, I'm happy for him to stay, not least because we've given up interesting options which didn't reach the €100m clause.

"I'm glad he's with us and hope he stays".

"They weren't real offers, but there were contacts".

Chelsea are set to submit a bid for Andrea Belotti. "I thought that considering the type of qualities Costa has, that Belotti was the ideal fit", he told talkSPORT.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a superb 2016/17, narrowly finishing in third place in Serie A's Golden Boot race, with 26 goals, while assisting a further seven. He's a different player, he brings other qualities.

Napoli's Duvan Zapata is understood to be a target for Torino if they end up selling Belotti, with the Serie A club's president, Urbano Cairo, admitting there has been interest in their star forward.