AC Milan proved to be one of the biggest spenders in Europe during the past transfer window. They acquired players such as Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Calhanoglu and Nikola Kalinic, among others, to bring their spending total well north of €150 million.
However, one player they failed to acquire was Andrea Belotti from Torino. The talented striker has a €100 million release clause in case any abroad team wants to sign him, but those numbers do not apply to Serie A clubs. And even though Milan reportedly enquired for the 23-year-old, Torino did not even want to start negotiations.
That does not mean Milan are going to give up, though. The club’s sporting director, Massimiliano Mirabelli, recently said in an interview that he would still like to make the Italy international’s dream come true.
“We tried to bring Belotti to Milan,” Mirabelli told Radio Rossonera. “It was quite difficult for a variety of reasons, but he is a player who is a Milan fan and maybe one day he will get to wear the colours he has dreamed about since he was a child.”
Belotti was Serie A’s third highest scorer last season with 26 goals, placing him behind Roma’s Edin Dzeko (29) and Napoli’s Dries Mertens (28). He currently has three goals in seven Serie A appearances, although he is currently on the sidelines due to a lingering knee injury that will keep him out of action for several weeks.
In any case, expect Milan to pursue the coveted striker during the January transfer window. Even if he remains injured, he would still represent a massive upgrade over the current in-house options.