A €100m bid for Man Utd and Chelsea target Belotti likely to force transfer, admits Mihajlovic

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The Torino manager is bracing himself for summer interest in his 23-goal striker, although he insists that a big-money move is not inevitable

Sinisa Mihajlovic admits Torino will struggle to keep Andrea Belotti if bids are lodged for the reported Manchester United and Chelsea target.

The 23-year-old is expected to spark a transfer scramble when the window re-opens this summer.

'Belotti is better than Batistuta'

With 23 Serie A goals to his name this season, Belotti is a wanted man and a striker attracting admiring glances from across Europe.

Any move for him will not come cheap, with Torino hoping to see him stay, but Mihajlovic concedes that any bid which triggers a €100 million release clause will force the club’s hand.

“Everyone loves Belotti for a very simple reason,” the former Milan and Sampdoria boss told reporters.

Andrea Belotti celebrating Torino 2017/02/12

“Against Udinese, for example, he didn’t waste time celebrating his equaliser, instead rushing to get the ball back to the centre so we could aim for a 3-2 victory.

“This attitude of his fires up the others and that is why he is appreciated not just by the Toro fans, but all those who love football. He’s an old-fashioned centre-forward.

Belotti: I want to stay at Torino

“I think he’d like to stay, but there are many factors involved here. I certainly hope he’ll stay here as long as I am the coach.

“If someone arrives that will pay the release clause, then there’s nothing we can do to hold him back.”

Belotti’s 28-goal haul for club and country this season has included two hat-tricks and five braces.