English Premiership

Belotti offered to Man United at discount price

Andrea Belotti (Getty Images)
Andrea Belotti (Getty Images)

Manchester United have reportedly been contacted regarding a potential cut-price deal for Torino striker Andrea Belotti.

The Italy hitman was high on United's list of striker targets in summer 2017, but the club were put off by his €100 million asking price and instead signed Romelu Lukaku instead.

United were again linked with a move for Belotti in January 2018 as they sought a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but again Torino's demands appeared to put them off.

However, reports in Italy claim it could be a case of third-time lucky for United and Belotti with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward contacted by agents associated with the player to ask if they would still be interested in a deal.

The 26-year-old has netted 15 times this season and while he remains an important player for the Serie A side, financial needs dictate that they are now looking to cash in on their prized asset.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for another striker to complement Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in attack and efforts to sign Odion Ighalo - who has impressed while on loan - have been complicated somewhat by claims he would need to take a massive pay-cut and could be tempted by a move elsewhere, with Chelsea surprisingly mentioned as suitors.

However, Calciomercato claims United could find a solution in Belotti, with intermediaries contacting Woodward to gauge his interest.

The striker remains contracted to the Serie A side until 2022 so he will retain some value to Torino, but it's believed they could look to sell for around €70 million (£61.1 million) - giving Woodward and Solskjaer something to ponder.

- TEAMtalk media

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