Not Morata: Manchester United lodge mammoth bid for prolific striker

Not Morata: Manchester United lodge mammoth bid for prolific striker

By Dave Marshall

Torino striker Andrea Belotti is wanted by Jose Mourinho, who has increasingly grown frustrated with the stalling of the Alvaro Morata deal and is keen on a striker before the tour to the USA at the start of next month.

According to Tuttomercatoweb (via Calciomercato), the Red Devils have had a mammoth £62m bid for the striker rejected by Torino, who are holding out for every penny of his £88m release clause. The 20-time English champions were reportedly close to signing Spanish international, Morata but Real Madrid’s reluctance to let him go for ‘cheap’ is threatening to derail the deal.

Madrid want a fee close to €80 million, but United are only willing to pay up to €60 million.

In the case of Belotti, there are still reservations about whether he can cut it on the big stage on the big European nights, a feat Morata has managed time and time again even in his relatively short career till date. United finished  sixth on the Premier League last season, but qualified for the 2017/18 Champions League by virtue of winning the Europa League but our efforts in getting a big name striker has been met with brick walls all summer. We are looking to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose contract was not renewed after suffering a nasty leg break back in April.

Belotti is a two-footed, fast, gifted and technical player who has been compared to Christian Vieri for his opportunistic nature in front of goal. He scored 28 times and assisted a further 8 in 38 matches in all competitions for Sinisa Mijhalovic’s men, and would be a great addition to the United frontline desperately lacking bite and that extra bit of aggression that will make opposition players cower in fear.

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