Arsenal handed major transfer boost as £31.5m forward’s contract situation puts Edu on red alert



Arsenal have been placed on red alert after it emerged Andrea Belotti’s contract situation with Torino is no closer to being resolved.

That is according to a report from Italian news outlet Tuttosport, via Calciomercato.it, who say that everything is silent on the contract front, with the forward having less than 12 months remaining on his deal in Turin.

Juventus are also said to be keen on the Italy international, but the Gunners have also been credited with an interest in his services, as well as Inter Milan – but only if Lautaro Martinez departs in the near future.

Belotti, who is valued at £31.5million on Transfermarkt despite his contract situation, has featured just three times in all competitions for Torino this season, scoring the one goal in the process.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a few years now, with his form for club and country said to be interesting plenty of sides – including Arsenal.

Former England manager Fabio Capello, when speaking about Belotti in 2017, heaped praise on the Italian attacker and even said he was better than Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta.

Capello told Radio Anci’io lo Sport, via Goal: “Belotti is one of the best strikers in Europe. He knows how to move, he basically knows how to do everything. He’s fast, technically skilled and is probably better than Batistuta.”

The Gunners have been linked with another forward due to Alexandre Lacazette‘s situation at the Emirates Stadium. Like Belotti, Lacazette has less than 12 months remaining on his deal and is free to talk to foreign clubs over a pre-contract agreement when the January transfer window opens.

The French forward has featured just four times for Arsenal in all competitions so far this season – with Mikel Arteta seemingly not seeing the 30-year-old striker as part of his first team plans, despite suggestions he will be utilised throughout the campaign.

When asked last month if speculation over Lacazette leaving the club is true, Arteta replied: “No, he is fully involved.

“You give the reasons why he hasn’t played more minutes and he will be back to the form that he can achieve. I am sure that he will be instrumental in our success.”





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