With the uncertainty about Arsene Wenger’s future, next season is already on the agenda as we look to get back to challenging properly for the title. Following Chelsea’s win over West Ham last night, we now find ourselves 16 points behind the leaders, pretty sure we’ll be going out of the Champions League tonight, leaving just the FA Cup as our only chance of silverware. With big clubs like Man City, Man United, Chelsea and also other teams like Spurs and Lincoln left, this trophy will be no walk in the park either, especially given the way we are currently playing with no belief.
Anyway, back to the real matter in hand, half-arsed transfer rumours, and apparently we had a bid rejected in January for Torino striker Andrea Belotti as the Serie A giants decided against selling the player, and he then agreed a new deal with the club who added a release clause thought to be worth in excess of 100 million Euros (£86 million) to ward off any further bids.
The latest report in the media now claims Torino’s president confirms Arsenal can finally agree a deal by triggering the release clause if they really want a deal done.
Urbano Cairo as quoted by Daily Mail:
“We set Belotti’s clause and it’s true that we would be forced to sell him abroad for that sum if he agreed to the move. However, in Italy I still have the right to refuse all offers, or the player could decide not to leave even if there are offers above 100m euros (£86m)…”
Belotti’s performances in recent weeks have been nothing short of brilliant, netting 22 league goals in just 24 appearances and in all competitions, he has managed to hit the back of the net 24 times and provide 4 assists in just 27 games for the Italian outfit.
Belotti would be a great asset for Arsenal if Wenger, or our new manager should we get one, could pull off this amazing transfer coup during the summer.