Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have suffered a major setback as reported transfer target Andrea Belotti now has a €100m buyout clause.
The 22-year-old has been in exceptional form so far this season, scoring 11 goals in 14 appearances for Torino in all competitions, while also making his debut for Italy and has scored three goals in five matches for the Azzurri.
In turn, it came as no surprise to learn that the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea were keen on signing the prolific striker, as noted by The Sun, while United were also credited with an interest too, as per ESPN FC.
However, the latter report has now cast doubt over any future Premier League move for the Italian international, as Torino president Urbano Cairo announced at an awards ceremony n Sunday that Belotti had signed a new deal until 2021, and that the €100m release clause would only apply to foreign clubs.
It’s a major blow to all three Premier League clubs as they could all do with an additional striker in their respective squads to fire them towards their objectives.
Belotti won’t be solving that problem any time soon after penning his new deal and Torino will undoubtedly be delighted that he has committed his long-term future.
Time will tell as to whether or not he warrants that clause being paid and so a move can’t be ruled out further down the line, but what it does do for the time being is leave the door open for another Serie A side to swoop and take advantage of the fact that the €100m figure doesn’t apply to them.
Torino will have no desire to sell to a rival though, and so it looks as though Belotti will be sticking with Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side for some time yet.