Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed Arsenal have made an offer for striker Andrea Belotti but say they have turned it down because the player is “worth more”.
We brought you the news recently that Arsenal have been monitoring Belotti, who has scored 13 goals in 16 Serie A games this season.
When asked about reports Arsenal were interested and had bid as much as €65m (£55.7m) for the player, Petrachi confirmed they have received an offer but was adamant it fell below the club’s expectations.
“Yes, we received the offer, but it does not reflect the value of the player,” Petrachi he said via Football Italia.
“Anyway, he is going nowhere for now. We want to enjoy him, then we’ll see what happens.
“We intend to keep Belotti and President Urbano Cairo signed this important buy-out clause. I think he’s worth more than they have offered.”
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Belotti reportedly has a buy-out clause of €100m, applicable to any non Serie-A sides, after signing a new deal in December that keeps him at the Turin club until 2021.
The Italian has been a revelation in Serie A this season and his displays have reportedly attracted interest from a whole host of top clubs from around the continent.
If Petrachi’s words are indeed correct, then Arsenal look to have a serious interest in the 23-year-old, although his massive buy-out clause is likely to prove a major hurdle to any potential move.