Liverpool are reportedly ready to invest big money in order to bring in 22-year-old Italian striker Andrea Belotti to Anfield
Since letting go of Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been looking for a top class forward to add to their ranks. Roberto Firmino has successfully stepped into that center forward role for Jurgen Klopp’s side, Divock Origi is yet to impress and Daniel Sturridge isn’t highly rated by the German gaffer.
With Danny Ings only now returning from injury, it has been up to the Brazilian to lead the line for the Reds and despite him doing a good job of it, quality reinforcements are still needed if they are to keep competing with the likes of Manchester United, City and Arsenal.
Earlier this season it was reported that the Reds would be competing with Premier League rivals Arsenal for Belotti’s signature and now it seems as if the Liverpool will be making the first move. According to Calciomercato, Liverpool have decided to spend big money on the 22-year-old to in order to see off competition from the Gunners.
The Italian publication state that Liverpool are willing to spend around €22 million on the Italian international, nearly thrice the rumoured €7.5 million spent by Torino to secure his services in the summer of 2015.
While the amount quoted will surely tempt Il Toro into considering the offer, the Italian outfit will be hesitant in offloading one of their best players, especially such a promising attacker.
Prior to his move to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Belotti played an important role in helping Palermo earn promotion from Serie B in the 2013/14 season, after scoring 10 goals and registering 4 assists in 24 games.
The following year, Belotti made 39 appearances for Palermo, scoring 6 goals and registering 2 assists in the process of helping them to a 7th placed finish.
These promising individual figures for the then 20-year-old Andrea was enough to convince Torino to make a bid for him in 2015. In his first season with the club, he scored 12 goals and registered 5 assists in 35 appearances to help them finish 12th on the table.
Belotti has started this season in fine fashion, scoring 5 goals and providing 2 assists in only 6 appearances so far for Siniša Mihajlović’s side and these performances have seen him get called up for his national side, making his debut on the 1st of September against France in a friendly.