AC Milan leading the chase for Torino star Andrea Belotti


AC Milan leading the chase for Torino star Andrea Belotti
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According to reports AC Milan are currently the frontrunners to sign Torino star striker Andrea Belotti, with the club from Turin battling to avoid relegation.


Belotti is fully focused on helping the club avoid relegation, yet negotiations over the extension of his contract are set to be difficult, and could potentially lead to a transfer out of the club according to reports from Tuttosport.


Belotti's contract expires in 2022, yet the talks to extend it have started only recently.


Reports indicate that the striker is frustrated with the lack of ambition that the club is showing, and he is realising that it may be impossible for him to play in Europe if he stays with the club.


Owner Urbano Cairo has opted for relatively cheap options in the transfer market recently, which has only dwindled hopes of playing in Europe in future seasons.


Whilst negotiating a salary is not an issue for Belotti, the Italian striker has much higher aspirations than the club, and he could be set to hand in a transfer request if he wishes to leave the club in the summer.


The report also indicates that Milan are the club leading the race for his signature if he does opt to request a move away from Torino, with Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara being long-time appreciators of his abilities as a forward.


Additionally, AS Roma are also keen on the forward if Edin Dzeko leaves the club, with Inter and Fiorentina also monitoring Belotti's contract situation.


Whilst signing Belotti would not impact Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future at Milan, it would threaten Mario Mandzukic's time at the club, with the Croatian being signed as a back-up option to the Swede, as Milan are looking to build on a youthful core with Rafael Leao and Jens Petter Hauge, blended with Ibrahimovic's experience.


The reports also states that some unnamed Premier League and La Liga clubs are also interested in Belotti.


Torino are currently 17th in Serie A, and after five consecutive draws, they are just two points above the relegation zone.