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Manchester United must pay Belotti's release clause of €100m - Torino president

09 Juin 2017

Manchester United and AC Milan are in a tug of war over Italy and Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports in Italy.

Serie A giants AC Milan had enquired about Belotti's availability, but are said to be out of the running as the club attempt to swamp M'baye Niang and Juraj Kucka, plus cash for the goal scorer.

"I'm not thinking about selling Belotti", he said at a promotional event in Milan, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

Manchester United have been dealt yet another setback in their search for a new striker as Torino insist they are planning to keep Andrea Belotti for next season.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United after their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann ended earlier this month, with Belotti having scored 26 goals for mid-table Torino during the 2016-17 Serie A campaign.

Madrid apparently want a whopping £78m for Morata, while the release clause on Belotti's contract with Torino is an astronomical £100m, but it would be a surprise if the Italians were really expecting to sell for that much.

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"To be honest, no [I don't feel I am worth it]", Belotti was reported as saying by ESPN.

Sporting director Gianluca Petrachi suggested the Rossoneri could succeed in their quest if they "paid up" but Cairo insists his club are not looking to sell their star man.

"If someone brings the €100m then I would have to let him go".

"If a club were to come to us with a big offer, we would have to consider it".

United made an enquiry last week and, while they were not given a firm "no", the Old Trafford club were told that a deal with Chelsea is very close.