TORINO PRESIDENT WILLING TO SELL BELOTTI

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Chelsea are still in the market for a new striker having missed out on Romelu Lukaku and with Diego Costa still to leave the club.

While Alvaro Morata might be Chelsea’s next option in the transfer market, Torino star Andrea Belotti has also been linked with the West London giants.

The 23-year-old scored 26 goals in the Serie A last season, but with a release clause of €100 million, clubs have been unwilling to place a bid for the striker.

However, Torino president Urbano Cairo admits that a deal could be struck for a fee lower than the price.

“He has a €100m release clause,” Cairo told Sky Sports.

“For now no-one has come in for him. I’m glad he’s with us and I hope he can stay.

“I want to understand his intentions, I’m happy for him to stay, not least because we’ve given up interesting options which didn’t reach the €100m clause.

“They weren’t real offers, but there were contacts. I don’t want to imagine a Toro without Il Gallo.

“Tonight I’ll have a meal with [Coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic and [sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi, we’ll talk about everything and you understand we also have to think about this possibility.

“The clause is there, but we have to understand what he thinks because it’s important for a player to stay with the desire to do well.

“I want to talk to him, I want a confirmation.

“I don’t think it’s possible to sell in Italy, where there isn’t even the clause. Andrea is an extraordinary lad, he has undeniable qualities.”

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