Everton have joined a host of clubs from across Europe in registering an interest in Torino forward Andrea Belotti, according to media in Italy.
Torino don’t want to sell their captain this summer, according to Corriere Granata, however the Serie A club are concerned that they won’t be able to convince him to stay.
Corriere Granata’s report indicates that Torino’s Serie A status will weigh heavily on Belotti’s decision making this summer, with the Bulls aware that they will need to remain in the top flight in order to keep the striker.
Furthermore Torino are prepared to smash their salary ceiling in a bid to keep the 28-year old in Turin, with Belotti’s current contract set to expire in 2022.
The Italy international would see his wages dramatically increase, while he would also be offered performance-based bonuses, however a release clause is unlikely to be included in an offer.
Everton are named as one of many clubs interested in Belotti’s services this summer, with Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham also keen, while a further half dozen clubs across Europe are said to keeping an eye on the forward’s situation too.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has shouldered the burden as Everton’s sole natural striker marvellously this season, but if Everton want to advance as club next season they will need deeper options.
That need will be further accentuated if the Blues qualify for Europe, where fixture congestion will see their currently shallow squad stretched even further.
Signing Belloti would certainly see Everton add a quality option to their squad, with the Italy international having scored 90 times in Serie A for Torino, while also possessing plenty of international and European experience.
However the competition that Everton could face for his signature could prove problematic, particularly if clubs like West Ham offer him a regular starting spot – something that the Toffees currently can’t.
At 28-years old Belotti is in the prime of his career, and partnered with a younger and hungrier player like Calvert-Lewin, the Italian could thrive at Goodison Park.
However it remains to be seen whether Everton could afford to buy him, whether the player would want to come to Merseyside and whether the Blues could stave off opposition interest.
Belotti’s wages are certainly affordable though, with Salary Sport reporting that Belotti is on an affordable £68,000-per-week.
It’s definitely a story worth keeping an eye on though.