According to La Repubblica, AS Monaco are about to complete the arrival of Italian international striker Andrea Belotti. There is no transfer fee to pay: the player has reached the end of his contract at Torino.
Three years at 3.5 million euros per season: this is the agreement that AS Monaco is about to conclude with Andrea Belotti. Free of any contract since July 1, the now ex-Torino FC striker will soon accept this offer, according to information reported by the daily. The Republic in its Saturday edition. It would be ASM’s second signing in the attacking sector, following the arrival of Japanese international winger Takumi Minamino from Liverpool.
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Andrea Belotti, 28, is coming off a relatively disappointing season with eight goals and one assist in 22 league games (with the captain’s armband). This assessment is explained by two major injuries: a first in September, a second from December to February. But over his entire time in Turin, the statistics are much more flattering: 113 goals in 251 games.
With 44 caps and 12 international goals, Andrea Belotti is one of Roberto Mancini’s favorite players with the Italian national team. He came into play in the Euro 2021 final, won by the Nazionale on penalties against England.
In 2017, Torino wanted 100 million euros
In recent years, Andrea Belotti was regularly the subject of transfer rumours. This was particularly the case after his 2019-2020 season with 16 league goals, but also after his 26 goals over the 2016-2017 period. At the time, rumors were already sending the player to Monaco. There was talk of a signing to compensate for the departure of Kylian Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain.
Only, the Turin club has always been intransigent. In 2017, President Urbano Cairo and then-coach Sinisa Mihajlovic warned potential buyers that no offer below 100 million euros would be accepted. It was then the amount of the release clause in the player’s contract. Here it is today available on the market for 0€.