Chelsea could edge out Manchester United in battle for Italian ace

Chelsea have a better chance of signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti than Manchester United due to their standing in Europe, reports Sky Sport Italia.

What’s the word?

Last week The Independent reported that the Red Devils are working on a combined £170m deal for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and Belotti.

However, it seems that Chelsea have now entered the mix, and they may have a big advantage come the end of the season.

Sky Sport Italia claim that Belotti, who has an £84m release clause, will only move to a club that is in the Champions League, which puts Chelsea in a strong position.

Antonio Conte’s men are closing in on the Premier League title as they have a four-point lead over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games left to play.

Champions League football is already guaranteed, but that cannot be said for United, who are one point adrift in a tight battle with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Even if they fail to secure a position via the league route, they can grab a spot by winning the Europa League.

Which is the best option for Belotti?

If it became a straight shootout between Chelsea and United for Beloit’s signature, it would require some serious thinking from the forward.

If only Chelsea can offer Champions League football, then it seems like a no-brainer from the player’s point of view.

However, if United manage to lure Griezmann to Old Trafford, the opportunity to form a devastating attack alongside the Frenchman could be very appealing.

Jose Mourinho is likely to be a striker short, maybe two, next season due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury and the future of Wayne Rooney being uncertain.

With regards to Chelsea’s situation, Diego Costa has been linked with a move away, which would open the door for Belotti.