MANCHESTER UNITED are stepping up their bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti after deciding he is the man they want to lead their attack next season.
United have been tracking the Italian international all season as Jose Mourinho looks to solve the goalscoring problems that have blight his team this year.
And Belotti’s 25 Serie A goals this season have seen him jump to the top of the Old Trafford wanted list as they prepare to embark on a major summer spending spree.
According to the Mail, United have told Torino they would be willing to stump up £64million to convince them to do business.
And the hope is that despite the 23-year-old only signing a new long-term contract with the club last year, it will be enough to tempt the Italian club to sell.
Belotti’s current deal runs out in 2021 and is believed to have a release clause set at £85m.
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But Torino are aware the player himself would be keen to leave this summer with some of the biggest clubs in Europe chasing his signature.
Chelsea are another Premier League side to have registered their interest in Belotti, and it is believed the striker would favour a move to London.
But Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has also been trailing Real Madrid star Alvaro Moratta and he could be the preferred option at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Both clubs are heavily in the market for strikers this summer, with United needing to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been ruled out for the next eight months with knee ligament damage.
Wayne Rooney is almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer, leaving Marcus Rashford as the only recognised striker left on the books.
Chelsea are set for changes themselves with Diego Costa expected to quit Stamford Bridge to make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League