According to The Chronicle, Italian striker Andrea Belotti is a long-term Newcastle United target after ‘a few years’ of scouting.
Lee Ryder reports that we have been keeping tabs on the 27-year-old since well before the pandemic began, and states that we look set to be offered the chance to sign him this summer once he returns from Euro 2020.
With him refusing to sign a new contract at Torino – leaving him just 12 months away from becoming a free agent – The Chronicle state that he will be available for around £29m this summer.
Roma and AC Milan are believed to be interested, however it seems his current club aren’t interested in selling him to a Serie A rival and will instead push him towards a potential Premier League move.
Ryder admits that this may ‘break Steve Bruce’s budget’ and be a stretch too far unless new owners arrive, fearing it’s a deal that threatens to ‘pass us by’ as things stand.
Belotti has played a bit-part role in this summer’s European Championships, being limited to a few late cameos, however his record in Italy has been outstanding.
He’s bagged 105 goals and 26 assists in 228 games for Torino, being involved in 20 goals in 35 appearances in Serie A across the 2020/21 season.
One to watch if new owners arrive, but it feels like we’ll be priced out of a move if we’re stuck with Mike Ashley and a limited budget for Bruce.