6 Mar 2017

Transfer Stunner: Liverpool free to sign 'exceptional' goal-machine for '£130m'. Boss confirms deal could happen if 'forced'

Liverpool (or any other interested club) will have to pay through the nose to sign one of Europe's most coveted strikers.

The Reds reportedly made an offer for Andrea Belotti during the January transfer window, and recent reports that Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, and Chelsea are still tracking the Italian hitman.

In December, Belotti signed a new deal that contains a ridiculous €100m [£85m] buyout clause, and after watching Belotti smash in an impressive hat-trick on on Sunday, Torino Chief Urbano Cairo insisted:

"I don't think we can raise the clause now, but if I was negotiating it today, it [Belotti's transfer fee] would be €150m [£130m].

Cairo also conceded:

"We could be forced to sell, so I hope nobody comes in with that money. He [Belotti] is an exceptional hitman and today you saw his instinct to be in the right place at the right time.'

Liverpool's record transfer remains £35m for Andy Carroll, so there's absolutely no way Liverpool will spend €100m+ on Belotti. In any event, based on historical trends, there's little chance that Belotti will sell for anything close to that fee.

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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