The transfer window has been open for almost two weeks and so far Arsenal have just one non league player Cohen Bramall to praise. It’s not the best of starts for Arsenal in the transfer window, but can we really expect much more from Arsene Wenger.
One player that is supposedly a target for Le Prof during the January transfer window, is Torino striker Andrea Belotti. Belotti has been on fine form for his club side so far this season and as a result he has supposedly gathered quite a bit of interest from a number of top European sides. Arsenal are considered to be the front runners in any potential deal for the striker, after it was revealed that the Gunners had supposedly made an official bid earlier in the week. However a club statement from Torino revealed that Arsenal’s offer of around €65 million had been rejected and that Belotti wouldn’t be leaving Italy during this window.
Now it seems that Belotti’s agent Sergio Lancini is ready to strike a potential deal for Belotti on his next club. However any side that wishes to purchase the striker will certainly have to bump up their offer, certainly beyond any offer you’d quite expect.
Regarding Belotti, Lancini revealed: ‘Many clubs are interested. €65million is not enough. His clause is €100million. That’s all I can say at the moment.’
We heard earlier this week that Arsenal had supposedly made an offer around the €65 million mark, even though I do find that hard to believe. However even supposedly if Arsenal did make such an offer, I can’t see Wenger increasing such a fee any further, when I think the initial bid of €65 million was ridiculous enough.
There is no doubt that Belotti would offer Arsene Wenger another option to utilise in this team and I do think Arsenal need to improve on the strikers we have available in our squad. But I honestly don’t see Belotti being the answer to our main problems, especially not for such an extortionate fee. Arsenal are notorious for not paying that kind of money in the transfer window, especially not for players who haven’t even managed to establish themselves as a regular at the highest stages of European football.
Personally I think that this is Belotti’s agent just trying to stir some interest in the player to get the ball rolling, however the reason as for why the Torino sporting director spoke earlier in the week seems a little more complicated. Whatever the reasons, I just hope that this is nothing more than a newspaper rumour, because there are far greater options that Arsenal could look into rather than spending between €65 million and €100 million on Andrea Belotti.