10 Apr 2017

Anfield MegaDeal? Liverpool free to to sign 'exceptional' striker for '£85m'. Boss confirms deal 'could' happen if clause triggered

One of Liverpool's current transfer targets has hinted that he may be open to a move abroad this summer.

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

When asked this week about the possibility of leaving this summer, Belotti told Sky Sports Italia:

"I am a Torino player at the moment, but in the future I don’t know what will happen".

Torino Chief Urbano Cairo also confirmed this week that Torino will sell if Belotti's buyout clause is activated:

"Belotti? The €100m [£85m] clause seemed stratospheric, but now it seems low. Our relationship with him is wonderful, but if they offer €100m from abroad, he could leave".

Liverpool's record transfer remains £35m for Andy Carroll, so based on the club's overall transfer history, there's no way the club will spend £85m+ on 'exceptional' 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.

Taking that into account (and historical transfer performance) Torino will probably struggle to get more than €40m-€50m for Belotti, though 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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