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Manchester United suffer transfer blow as £70m+ release clause to be inserted in target’s contract

Manchester United target Andrea Belotti will reportedly have a £70m+ release clause inserted into his new contract with Torino making a transfer unlikely.

The 22-year-old is enjoying a stunning rise to prominence, as he has emerged as the early joint-top goalscorer in Serie A so far this season with 10 goals to his name while he has also established himself in the Italy squad.

It has merely built on his impressive form from last season, and in turn it’s no surprise to see that clubs from around Europe are beginning to be alerted to his qualities.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport though, any ambitions that United had of signing the Italian international could be ended with the suggestion that the Granata are set to put a £70m+ release clause in his new contract with the club.

Owner Urbano Cairo has suggested that a clause similar to that of Gonzalo Higuain’s at Napoli would be appropriate, and so evidently it will take a major bid to prise him away with The Telegraph noting that it took a £75.3m bid for Juventus to sign Higuain from Napoli.

It’s claimed that the new deal will be worth £1.3m-per-year until 2021, with the transfer clause only applying to foreign clubs and so it certainly will test the desire of interested parties to take him away from Turin.

With time on his side to improve and develop his all-round game, Belotti is only expected to get better. As he now continues to consolidate his place as one of the top strikers in Serie A and becomes a regular for the Azzurri, his price-tag will likely continue to rise in the months and years ahead.

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