Inter are considering a move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti to replace Romelu Lukaku should the Belgian be sold.
This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, who report that the 27-year-old would cost no more than €30 million and could be seen as a strong low-cost option at centre-forward by the Nerazzurri.
Despite the likely huge sum that would be received by the Nerazzurri from Chelsea should Lukaku be sold, only a portion would be reinvested in a replacement.
Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata is currently thought to be the priority option, but even at €40 million signing him could be seen as too costly by the club.
To this end, the search for value in the market could lead to Belotti, whose contract with the Granata is set to expire next summer and who is yet to agree on a new deal.
The player has rejected a move to Zenit St. Petersburg on account of wanting to stay in Italy for family reasons, but it is thought that Torino would have been happy to accept the Russian giants’ offer of €30 million.
Additionally, the Nerazzurri would have no problem matching the net €3.3 million per season currently on the table in the Granata’s negotiations on a new deal.
Accordingly, should the Nerazzurri turn their attention to Belotti as a replacement for Lukaku he would likely cost the club €25-30 million, a figure which could certainly be afforded.