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Chelsea are reportedly interested in Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who has scored 22 goals in 24 Serie A games this season.

The 23-year-old striker scored a hat-trick in the space of eight minutes as Torino beat Palermo 3-1 on Sunday.

Belotti has a release clause of £86 million but Torino president, Urbano Cairo, claims the striker is worth more now.

“We set Belotti’s clause and it’s true that we would be forced to sell him abroad for that sum if he agreed to the move,” Cairo told Sky Sport Italia.

“However, in Italy, I still have the right to refuse all offers, or the player could decide not to leave even if there are offers above €100 million (£86 million).

“I don’t think we can raise the clause now, as we only just signed the contract. Of course, if I was negotiating it today, it should be €150 million (£130 million).

“The idea of the clause came to me after he scored against Roma in our home game. At €100 million, you sell players like Paul Pogba, Gonzalo Higuain and Gareth Bale.

“I hope nobody comes in with that money because I’d happily keep Belotti for all the time he wants to stay at Torino.

“As long as he is here, I and the Granata fans will enjoy him.

“He really is an exceptional hitman and today you saw his instinct to be in the right place at the right time.”

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