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16 Oct 2016

Transfer Battle: Liverpool desperate to sign 'top-class' €22m striker. Klopp to make offer soon

Liverpool continue to be linked with a January move for Torino star Andrea Belotti, and new reports this week suggest that Jurgen Klopp is serious about signing the Italian striker.

In Mid-September, TalkSport claimed:

"Liverpool are interested in [signing] Andrea Belotti...during the January transfer window. The Reds have been scouting him".

Soon after, Gazetta journalist Emanuele Giulianelli claimed:

"Arsenal and Liverpool are already eyeing him [Belotti] who is attracting a lot of important offers from around Europe".

According to an alleged Calciomercato exclusive today:

"Liverpool are planning to beat Arsenal to Andrew Belotti by making a €22m offer. Klopp wants him at Anfield".

Some info about Belotti:

* 22-year old striker, who can also play as a winger, or a second striker. Cost Torino €7.5m.

* Palermo/Torino: 32 goals/16 assists (48) in 105 apps (One every 117 mins). One appearance for the Italy national team. This season: 7 goals/assists in 5 games (one ever 54 mins).

* Oct 2013: According to Emiliano Mondonico (Belotti's manager at Albinoleffe): "He [Belotti] is a top-class player; a muscly striker with an eye for goal. He reminds me of Gianluca Vialli"

* Jun 2014: Italy U20 coach Alberigo Evani raved: "There are few like him. He does double duty: he is the first defender for the team, and always makes an important contribution".

Belotti clearly matches the Klopp transfer template: cheap; relatively unknown; a hard worker who appears to prioritise defensive duty, so he'll fit right in (if, of course, he can overcome the Anfield curse that always seems to afflict Italian players).

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