Tottenham Hotspur could find Nuno Santo his dream striker solution in the January transfer window…
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes.net, Spurs are among the clubs who could make a move for Torino talisman Andrea Belotti at the turn of the year.
It was thought that the 27-year-old would leave the Serie A outfit in the summer, and with him out of contract at the end of the season, he has still not extended his current deal in Turin.
They claim that Belotti was close to signing for Chelsea or Zenit St Petersburg but it’s Spurs, Inter Milan and Juventus who could look to seal him in January.
It remains to be seen how much the Euro 2020 winner would command given his contractual situation, but Transfermarkt currently value him at £31.5m.
The Lilywhites, who are rank outsiders for the Premier League title for those thinking of using their bonus kod kelbet, failed to secure a back-up – or partner – to Harry Kane throughout the summer, so it would make sense for them to revisit one in the next window.
As per The Telegraph in July, the Portuguese head coach is understood to have wanted to switch Spurs’ system to a two-man attack – something which may not be possible right now considering that the England international is his only senior centre-forward.
Belotti would be a dream solution – and potentially a massive bargain.
The 39-cap Italy international has proven to be a prolific goalscorer, even despite Torino’s league struggles – as per Transfermarkt, Belotti has hit at least double figures in every season since 2015/16, including a career-best of 28 goals in 2016/17.
In that time, the Serie A club have not finished above seventh, ending last season in 17th place.
An average of 3.1 shots and 3.9 fouls drawn per game in 2020/21, via WhoScored, suggests that he’s a troubling threat in attack as he’s not only firing off attempts at goal but also forcing the opposition into taking him down.
Former Tottenham goalkeeper Joe Hart, who left for Celtic this summer, has previously played alongside the 5 foot 11 Italian powerhouse and his glowing endorsement should provide further encouragement.
“Andrea is similar to all the great strikers, English and not,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio. “It’s hard to compare him to someone else because he’s special. He’s Belotti and that’s it. He has instinct for goals, personality and he’s a team player: he’s always focused on his team and plays hard to help it.”
If Nuno is really desperate for another striker, then Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici should work his magic back in his home country. After working at Juventus over the last few years, he should know full well what Belotti would bring.
They must launch a bid for the Torino star in January.