In Focus: Belotti the ideal Mourinho-type striker for Manchester United

As reported by ESPN, Manchester United are the latest club to have contacted Torino to register an interest in forward Andrea Belotti.

What’s the word?

According to their report, the Red Devils are determined to add two forwards to the squad this summer, in light of the long-term injury suffered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The superstar Swede, who has proved so important to Jose Mourinho’s cause this season will be out of action for the foreseeable future after undergoing surgery on his knee and the future of captain Wayne Rooney is in doubt.

With that in mind, Belotti is understood to have emerged as a target. Mourinho is said to have told Ed Woodward he needs quality reinforcements for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, amid big links with Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

What would he bring?

Well, throughout his career as a manager, Mourinho has tended to enjoy deploying a physically imposing centre-forward. Ibrahimovic led the line for him at both United and Inter Milan, with Didier Drogba and Karim Benzema doing so at Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively.

Belotti, an Italian international, can operate in that role. Crucially, the 23-year-old has also proved a palpable goal threat this season, scoring 25 times in 31 Serie A games this season.