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'Belotti now worth €150 million' - Torino president ups asking price after hat-trick

19:18 GMT 05/03/2017
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Urbano Cairo feels the Torino star's value increased dramatically after he scored an eight-minute hat-trick in Sunday's win over Palermo

Torino president Urbano Cairo would insert a €150 million buy-out clause in Andrea Belotti's contract if they were to renegotiate now.

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The much-coveted striker signed a deal with Torino until June 2021 earlier this season, containing a €100m exit clause for teams outside Italy.

But Cairo feels he is now worth even more following his eight-minute hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Palermo on Sunday.

"If I had to insert a figure in his contract right now I would go for €150 million," Cairo told Sky Sport.

"He scored three more crazy goals, one even better than the other.

"We will have to wait and see whether a team is willing to pay €100 million. I hope not because I want to keep him here. We are just enjoying him and his goals for now."

Belotti, 23, took his tally for 2016-17 to 22 goals in 24 Serie A outings with his treble and head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was understandably pleased with his striker's showing.

"He put in an extraordinary performance," said the Torino boss.

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"He was fighting like always, creating chances and scored three goals. He is the league's top scorer right now and the best striker in Serie A for me.

"He still has room for improvement, though, and cannot afford to relax. Everything will be fine if he continues like this, he is a humble guy.

"Maybe the president should revise his buy-out clause, because €100 million is not a lot for him. He can become a point of reference, also for the national team."