14 Feb 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool still keen to sign 'ruthless' £85m goal-machine. Massive offer submitted in January by Arsenal

Liverpool reportedly face a summer battle to sign one of Serie A's most 'ruthless' strikers.

The Reds have been linked with Torino striker Andrea Belotti several times over the last few months, with the most recent report claiming that Liverpool submitted a €22m offer during the January transfer window.

Now, the Daily Express claims that Liverpool face massive competition to seal the deal. According to the Express:

"Man United are ready to rival Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool for Torino striker Andrea Belotti".

€22m is chicken feed compared what Belotti may cost when the summer transfer window opens. In December, the striker signed a new deal which contains a ridiculous €100m [£85m] buyout clause, and according to ESPN:

"The escape clause will only have to be paid if Belotti transfers to a foreign club".

If that's the case, then Liverpool are sh^t outta luck, as there's arguably no way the Reds will spend €100m on a striker who scores a goal every 156 minutes. Additionally, based on historical trends, there's little chance that Belotti will sell for anything close to that fee. With few exceptions, Italian players do not attract huge transfer fees:

* Gianluigi Buffon (€52m) is the most expensive Italian player in history, followed by Christian Vieri (€45m), and Filipo Inzaghi (€37m).

* After that, in the entire history of Italian football, only one player (Alessandro Nesta) has ever sold for more than €30m.

* No Italian players in the top 25 most expensive transfers in history.

For whatever reason, Italian players schooled in Serie A often fail to successfully adapt to other leagues, which leads to underperformance, and (arguably) has a knock-on effect on transfer value. As such, taking that into account (and historical transfer performance) Torino will probably struggle to get more than €40m-€50m for Belotti, and that's being optimistic.

That said, Sky Sports recently claimed that Torino rejected a £56m January offer from Arsenal, so anything's possible. If Klopp is willing to spend that much on a striker, should Belotti be on Liverpool's transfer shortlist?


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