According to reports, Tottenham remain interested in signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti, amid claims of their transfer interest last summer.
Torino’s sporting director, Davide Vagnotti, confirmed back in October that Spurs had actually made an approach to sign Belotti, but their offer wasn’t serious enough to be considered by them.
Now, Italian publication La Stampa (via TuttoMercatoWeb) claim that Jose Mourinho’s side “above all”, see Belotti as the “typical striker suited to the English” way of playing.
The report adds that with the 27-year-old’s contract at Torino coming to an end in the summer of 2022, his future must be resolved before the start of the new season.
Having signed Vinicius from Benfica last summer on a season-long loan, Mourinho would surely have been hoping that the Brazilian could have represented the kind of Harry Kane alternative that could ease the burden on Spurs’ talisman.
Instead, the 25-year-old has been somewhat of a disappointment, with his haul of six goals coming exclusively in the cup competitions, against the likes of Ludogorets, Royal Antwerp and Marine.
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The striker even came in for some criticism from his manager after the Premier League defeat to Chelsea, with Mourinho saying: “Vinicius, for example, is a player that has incredible spirit but his understanding of how to press, the positions on the pressing are not something that he’s still comfortable with so it was difficult, yes, but no chances.”
In the £36m-rated Belotti, however, they would be getting someone who has been banging in the goals in Serie A for a number of years now. The 27-year-old is the man who wears Torino’s armband, and has been hailed as a “real captain” for his performances for the club, and this season has just seen him continue his fine goal-scoring form – he’s bagged 11 times and provided another six assists in just 20 league games.
Joe Hart, who played with Belotti in his time at Torino, praised him for his “instinct for goals”, and that kind of knack is something that you just don’t lose. He could bring that clincal striker’s edge that Spurs miss without Kane in their side – you only have to look at Vinicius’ costly late miss against Chelsea to see that.
When Vinicius’ loan runs out, Spurs should simply wave good-bye to him and instead try and finally strike a deal for Belotti. The Italian would bring some added leadership and a much-needed ruthlessness in front of goal.