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Arsenal have bid for Italian striker rejected

Monday 9th January 2017
In one of the more bizarre and unlikely stories of the January window thus far, Arsenal have reportedly had a £56m, yes, FIFTY-SIX MILLION pound, bid rejected for Torino striker, Andrea Belotti. The bid by Arsenal was made public by Torino's sporting director Gianluca Petrachi in an interview with Sky Italia.
Andrea Belotti has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 17 goals in 21 games for club and country. He's the 2nd top scorer in Serie A behind Mauro Icardi. In the calendar year of 2016, Belotti scored 24 goals, assisting 3 times in 39 games. Since moving to Torino in 2015, Belotti has averaged an impressive goal every two league games.

Andrea Belotti has attracted the attention of several clubs around Europe this season and the club are standing firm over his status. The 23-year old is currently on a contract that keeps him in Turin up until 2021.

"We received and refused a £56m offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player."

The Italian reportedly has a release clause in his contract worth approximately £85.7m, a fee Wenger would never dream of reaching. The sporting director went on to reassure fans of the status of their prized asset.

"He is going nowhere for now. We want to enjoy him, then we'll see what happens."

The claims may be part of a wider bargaining strategy by Torino who may actually be negotiating with other European clubs. Arsenal's name could be being used to drive up the striker's asking price. Torino are currently sitting eighth in the league table, and I'm sure a move to the Premier League would be enticing for the young Italian.
Despite the revelation, Sky Sports sources claim that Arsenal have informed them that no bid has been made at all. Arsène Wenger was very adamant in his press conference last week that Arsenal weren't looking to do any business this winter. Claiming that the returns of our injured players would be enough squad reinforcement.

Arsenal fans have been crying out for Wenger to sign a striker for years upon years and the Frenchman responded by deploying Alexis Sánchez up front, to great effect. The Chilean has notched up 15 ­­­goals in 26 games. While Olivier Giroud has scored 9 goals in 18 games.

It's hard to see how Belotti fits into Wenger's current plans. Danny Welbeck also made his much-anticipated return to the first team set up on Saturday. The 26-year old spent an incredible 243 days out on the sidelines with a hyaline cartilage injury he sustained against Manchester City back in April. Now that he's back you can't say the Gunners don't have options in attack.

I'm sure this rumour will be greeted with much scepticism by Arsenal fans and rightly so. I don't know what part of the rumour sounds more stupid, the fact that we bid £56m for a player or the fact a small club like Torino turned it down. It's just ludicrous on all parts, let's just forget about it.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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