Jose Mourinho has identified Torino striker Andrea Belotti as a potential option over the transfer window after cooling interest in Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.
It was recently reported that the Portuguese, in light of the ambiguity surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future, had turned his attention away from Griezmann, who has featured as a No.10 this season, and towards securing an all-out striker.
Belotti has enjoyed a sensational campaign with Torino, claiming 27 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions during just his second season at the club.
And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Mourinho will now place emphasis on acquiring Belotti’s services this summer.
The report also claims that Mourinho has not ruled out the prospect of securing two strikers over the summer, but his attentions are now firmly on signing a goalscoring specialist – somebody who can guarantee a regular stream of goals from the outset.
Interest in Belotti, then, makes plenty of sense. He is, in some ways, an old-fashioned type of striker despite growing up playing as a midfielder: superb physical strength, a knack for finding himself in the right place, composed whenever holding up the ball, youngish, and supremely hardworking – almost like an Italian Harry Kane.
His addition would be a nod in the right direction for a side that simply has to score more next season, but you sense that Mourinho will need to make further additions to the front-line over the next few months.