AS Roma and Sevilla battling for Torino's Andrea Belotti
AS Roma and Sevilla are reportedly competing for the signing of Torino's Andrea Belotti, with him still not making a decision on his future.
Belotti was part of the Italy squad that managed to win UEFA Euro 2020 this summer, and he is in high demand, especially with his contract with Torino expiring on June 2022.
While he has been linked with a possible exit from the club over the last few summer transfer windows, this summer seems like the one in which he will finally leave, with the 27-year-old finding it hard to agree on a contract extension with the club, especially since Torino have ended up languishing in mid-table or facing relegation battles in recent seasons.
According to Sportitalia (via Football Italia), Roma and Sevilla have submitted enquiries to both Torino and Belotti's representatives in order to have better ideas on the situation.
A deal could reportedly be done for around €20 million, while Roma are more keen on offering around €15-18 million.
Belotti has been admired by new Roma manager Jose Mourinho since his time as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and he could finally get his man at the Stadio Olimpico, regardless of Edin Dzeko's future at the club.
On the other hand, Sevilla could be on the lookout for a striker this summer, with Youssef En-Nesyri attracting plenty of interest across Europe, leaving them with a potential lack of strikers.
However, it remains to be seen whether Belotti would be willing to leave Italy, and if Sevilla will want to sign a forward that is not experienced playing football in other countries apart from Italy.
Belotti scored 13 goals and provided seven assists in 35 Serie A games for Torino last season, continuing his six-season streak of scoring ten or more goals in Serie A, with his best season coming in 2016/17, when his 26 league goals and four assists helped Torino to a ninth-place finish.
Torino will want to get some funds in for him with his contract expiring next summer, and so they either need to get him tied down to a new contract, or else sell him this summer and get a decent fee for him.