Arsenal set to make approach for Serie A No.9 striker

By | July 22, 2021

Arsenal have entered the race to sign Torino forward Andrea Belotti, according to a report in Italy.

A busy summer is expected in North London with Mikel Arteta eager to make up to five major acquisitions before the start of the 2021-22 term.

A striker could be among the boss’ targets with the Gunners among the clubs keen on signing Italy international Belotti, according to Tuttosport.

The 27-year-old star has one year left on his deal with Torino now ready to cash in on the star, setting their asking price at €34 million (£29m).

Jose Mourinho’s Roma, Fiorentina, Napoli and AC Milan are also said to be interested in landing the striker.

Arsenal have previously been keen on bringing in Belotti and saw a £56 million bid rejected by Torino four years ago.

‘We received and refused a €65m (£56m) offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player,’ the club’s former sporting director Gianluca Petrachi said at the time.

Arsenal are prepared to sell a couple of first-team players as part of Mikel’s shake-up this summer with Alexandre Lacazette reportedly among them.

While the Frenchman finished as the club’s top scorer last term, he is not currently tied down to a long-term contract with his current deal set to expire next summer.