Fiorentina and Everton have reportedly both had bids rejected for Torino forward Andrea Belotti.
According to Tuttosport, the duo were eyeing the signature of the Italian forward in January, with his current employers swiftly rejecting both offers.
Fiorentina, Serie A rivals of Torino, submitted a bid of €40m for Belotti but instead completed a deal for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Patrick Cutrone. Meanwhile, Everton at first had their own bid of €40m rejected by Torino, then returning with €45m offer which too was turned down by Belotti’s current team.
The Italian striker, who captains Torino, has been with the club since joining from Palermo in the summer of 2015. In the four-and-a-half seasons since, he has developed a reputation as one of the most fearsome strikers in Serie A.
In 179 appearances in all competitions for the club, he has scored 85 goals. His most prolific season came back in 2016/17 as he netted 26 league strikes.
Belotti has not been as prolific in the seasons since but still managed to make his debut for the Italian national side. He has since earned 27 international caps and scored on nine occasions.
The striker’s contract with Torino is set to run until the summer of 2022 so it will be interesting to see if the club decide to cash in on the striker in the upcoming transfer window considering Everton and Fiorentina’s past interest.