The Serie A side’s sporting director claims that the club have received an offer from the Gunners for their star striker but insists that he is “worth more” than that value
Arsenal have had a bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti turned down, according to the Serie A club’s sporting director.
Reports in England on Thursday suggested that the Gunners were keen on landing the Italy international, who has scored 13 league goals for Torino so far this season, and had been quoted a £50m asking price.
Torino’s sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi, has now claimed to Sky Italia that they have received an offer but that it is not an acceptable amount.
And Petrachi insists that Belotti – who recently signed a new contract which includes a €100m (£85.7m) release clause – is “worth more” than the north Londoners’ offer and therefore Torino have subsequently rejected it.
“Yes, we received the offer, but it does not reflect the value of the player,” Petrachi replied when asked about Arsenal’s interest.
“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.”
Only Inter’s Mauro Icardi has scored more goals (14) than 23-year-old Belotti in Serie A so far this term.