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Who is Andrea Belotti? Chelsea target who Antonio Conte could sign from Torino following failure in Romelu Lukaku bid

The 23-year-old striker has caught the eye of the cream of the European crop and is dubbed the new Gianluca Vialli

TORINO striker Andrea Belotti has been catching the eye of the cream of the European crop with his performances in Serie A.

The much in-demand 23-year-old has interested Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to reports.

Andrea Belotti, 23, is latest in long line of superstars to emerge from Italian football

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Andrea Belotti is latest in long line of superstars to emerge from Italian football

Torino are holding out for a huge profit on a player they bought in August 2015 for just £6m.

Who is Andrea Belotti and which clubs has he played for?

Palermo swooped for the AlbinoLeffe academy product in 2013 after he hit the goal trail in the Italian fourth tier.

The striker – nicknamed Gallo – scored ten times as they were promoted from Serie B but netted just six in 38 league games the next season.

Andrea Belotti celebrates the winner for Torino in 1-0 victory over Genoa

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Andrea Belotti celebrates the winner for Torino in 1-0 victory over Genoa

That, however, was enough to convince Torino to launch a £6.5m bid in 2015.

Belotti made his full international debut in September 2016, coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 defeat by France.

What has Andrea Belotti won?

Belotti has three international goals from just five caps

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Belotti has three international goals from just five caps

Belotti won the Serie B title with Palermo but is yet to add to his haul with mid-table Torino.

Arsenal, who have been linked with the player, have been through their own trophy drought – two FA Cup wins aside – and would hope the front man could change that.

Signing the Italian would be a clear statement of intent from the Gunners after a poor season.

But it appears Chelsea could be more determined to sign the player as they attempt to retain the Premier League title.

What is Andrea Belotti’s style of play?

The goalscorer has been likened to Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli in his willingness to work from the front.

Belotti can play anywhere across the forward positions but as he matures physically is becoming more of a traditional No9.

Nevertheless the Torino star is still relatively mobile for his size and would suit Arsenal’s pressing game to a tee.

How much will Andrea Belotti cost?

Former Chelsea striker and manager Gianluca Vialli used to smoke on the touchline

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Belotti has been likened to Gianluca Vialli

The Italy international reportedly has a buyout clause of £85m which may have to be met with Torino desperate to keep hold of their star forward.

Money is not abundant in Italian football and at some point the minnows would be forced to accept defeat and sell up.

Video of Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Andrea Belotti scoring three in friendly