Torino insist Belotti is not for sale

Andrea Belotti

Italian Serie A side Torino have insisted that striker Andrea Belotti is not for sale amid interest for his services from a number of European clubs.

The 23-year-old Italy international, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season, has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, with Serie A giants AC Milan leading the race for the striker’s signature.

Torino, who are well off the pace for European qualification for next season, will definitely struggle keeping their hands on their man, with club director Gianluca Patrechi admitting he had met with Milan counterpart Massimiliano Mirabelli to discuss the player’s future.

“[Mirabelli told me that Belotti is a player he is particularly interested in,” Petrachi told SportItalia.

“I have also advised Belotti to remain at Torino for another year to grow and mature,” he said.

And when pressed, he revealed that the club would let Belotti move, but only to a "top club".

“If a top club were to arrive that targets the Scudetto, he could leave, otherwise he is staying with us.

“Are Milan a top club? In terms of history yes. But today they are not challenging for the title. It’s unlikely an Italian club will have the money to buy him. Andrea will only leave for a top club,” he said.

According to reports, Belotti’s form has also been watched by English clubs, with Manchester United and Chelsea also keen on the £90 million rated striker.

Belotti signed a new contract with Torino at the beginning of the season that is aimed at keeping him at the club until 2021.

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