Torino reject Spurs' offer for Italian international Andrea Belotti
Serie A side Torino have rejected Tottenham Hotspur's loan offer for Andrea Belotti, according to reports.
It is thought that Spurs wanted to take the striker on a temporary basis for this season with the option to sign him for £46.3 million next summer. But according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Torino would only want to let Belotti go if they could guarantee a transfer fee.
So a loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season may be a more likely option for a deal to get done.
Belotti is understood to have a £92.6 million release clause in his current deal with Torino. But that clause, valid until June 2022, is only valid for teams outside of Italy.
The Italian joined Torino from Palermo in 2015 and has scored 92 goals in 192 appearances for the Serie A club. Belotti also has nine strikes in 28 international caps for the Italian national team.
Tottenham have already brought in keeper Joe Hart, defender Matt Doherty and midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg but they look far from done in the transfer market.
Jose Mourinho is keen to add another centre forward although any new signing would know they will have to play as back-up to Harry Kane.
Napoli’s Polish ace Arkadiusz Milik is believed to be his number one target but he is also looking at RB Salzburg’s Zambian hitman Patson Daka and Metz’s Senegal striker Habib Diallo.
Mourinho said: “Yes, I want, I need a striker.
“The club — the structure above me — knows I need a striker and also wants a striker.
“Are we going to get one? I believe so.
“The team needs it because at this moment the squad is getting very balanced, with different options for different positions.”
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