Manchester United are closing in on deal for sign Torino forward Andrea Belotti as a viable replacement for injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports.
Manchester United close in on £84m striker to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Italian striker has been phenomenal this season in the Serie A, and has drawn interest from several clubs in Europe with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal believed to be keen on landing his signature next summer.
Reports in Sunday Mirror claims that the Red Devils have moved ahead of their rivals to launch a bid for Belotti, and are willing to meet his €100 million release clause as they begin to look for replacement for Ibrahimovic who suffered a nasty injury during their Europa League clash.
Torino boss Sinisa Mihajlovic has also admitted that the 23-year-old might be leaving the club, ‘sooner or later’ due to his exceptional skills in front of goal, claiming the Italian is capable of scoring up to 30 goals in a season.
He said: ‘It would be difficult to replace Belotti,
‘I hope he stays but if he does he must have the right mentality. We all hope Belotti stays at the club and he’d like to stay as well.
‘However, big offers will come sooner or later and at that point it could be hard to stay. Belotti is 23 and he could score 30 goals each season. Some big club could come here and offer him five, six, seven million a year for five years.
‘That would make 30 million. Let’s presume he stays: what happens if he picks up an injury? What happens if he loses the right attitude? This is not an easy decision to make.’
Manchester United are also linked with a summer move for Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Greizmann and Everton forward, Romelu Lukaku as Jose Mourinho remains keen on bolstering his front-line next season.