Club President admits: Striker can join Chelsea if he wants

Torino striker Andrea Belotti has become one of the hottest properties in European football and has caught the eye of Chelsea.

The 23-year-old netted 26 goals in Serie A last season during a superb campaign, and now the Blues might have the chance to grab his signature.

Antonio Conte is looking for a new striker after Diego Costa was given permission to miss pre-season training with a move away from Stamford Bridge on the cards.

Alvaro Morata is another of the transfer targets, with Belotti’s large release clause putting clubs off in the chase for him.

However, Torino president Urbano Cairo admits that a deal could be struck for a price lower than the price.

“He has a €100m release clause,” Cairo told Sky Sports.

“For now no-one has come in for him. I’m glad he’s with us and I hope he can stay.

“I want to understand his intentions, I’m happy for him to stay, not least because we’ve given up interesting options which didn’t reach the €100m clause.

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“They weren’t real offers, but there were contacts. I don’t want to imagine a Toro without Il Gallo.

“Tonight I’ll have a meal with [Coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic and [sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi, we’ll talk about everything and you understand we also have to think about this possibility.

“The clause is there, but we have to understand what he thinks because it’s important for a player to stay with the desire to do well.

“I want to talk to him, I want a confirmation.

“I don’t think it’s possible to sell in Italy, where there isn’t even the clause. Andrea is an extraordinary lad, he has undeniable qualities.”

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