Manchester United have submitted a bid in excess of €70 million for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports.
Tuttosport claim Man United’s offer was initiated by Javier Ribalta, who was Juventus’ former head of scouting but left the Serie A champions to join Old Trafford last week.
United’s bid has been rejected by Torino as they’re adamant not to sell the 23-year-old for anything lower than his €100m (£88m) buyout clause, which has remained the case throughout talks.
He is on United’s striker shortlist following an impressive season in Serie A, scoring 26 goals in 35 appearances and has attracted interest from Europe’s elite.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic not offered a new contract, United remain in the market for a new forward as Alvaro Morata is their priority, although a fee is yet to be agreed with Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions have indicated they are not in a hurry to sell the 24-year-old as they look to agree the best possible fee before letting him leave.
Earlier this week Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, distanced United from a move, claiming a deal had not been agreed but Ed Woodward is still expected to complete a transfer.
United desperately need a new striker but it seems they’ve got their options open rather than carelessly paying a substantial fee for a player that may not perform.