In Focus: Chelsea consider £55m Belotti bid

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are confident that a bid of £55m would be enough to convince Torino to part with their in-demand striker Andrea Belotti at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

Belotti, 23, joined Torino from Palermo in 2015, and the striker has scored 38 times in 67 appearances since making the move to Turin.

It has been widely reported that the Italian international has an £85m release clause in his current contract, which has placed Torino in a strong position when it comes to the future of their prized asset.

Torino were believed to be adamant that Belotti will not be allowed to leave for anything less than £85m, but according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea feel that an initial bid of £55m, with the promise of add-ons, would be enough to convince the Serie A club to sell at the end of 2016-17 campaign.

Belotti’s strike rate of 29 goals in 35 appearances for club and country this season has made him one of the hottest forwards on the planet, although Chelsea are understood to face interest from European rivals if it becomes clear that the striker will be available at the end of the season.

Do Chelsea need him?

Very few things are certain in football, although it appears increasingly likely that Diego Costa will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The Spain international actively sought a return to Atletico Madrid last summer, while he had his head turned by the riches of the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window, leading to a falling-out with Blues boss Antonio Conte.

Costa has netted 17 goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, but his form has taken a downward turn in recent weeks.

Chelsea’s back-up centre-forward Michy Batshuayi, meanwhile, has only scored one Premier League goal this season following a summer move from Marseille.

It does appear that it will take serious money to bring Belotti to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, but Conte is said to be receiving a war-chest of £150m this summer as he bids to take the club back to the top of European football.