Italian star player is now a free-agent after leaving Torino last month and he is being tipped to join Arsenal as a possible ‘back-up striker’, according to Italian journalist Daniele Fisichella.
After a long wait, Arsenal finally announced on Monday the capture of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, with the Gunners paying £45 million for his talents.
It’s obvious that the Brazil international is going to be Arsenal’s main number nine, ahead of the new Premier League season, with Eddie Nketiah as another option for Mikel Arteta.
But could Arteta possibly fish the market for more firepower as the north London club aim to secure Champions League football, after getting pipped to that line last season?
Well, Serie A expert, Fisichella, has dropped Arsenal’s name into the hat to sign the Euro 2020 winner, who has scored 106 goals in Italy’s top-tier during his career, as he told talkSPORT.
“Andrea Belotti is the kind of player we always wondered in Italy, how good he might be on the international stage,” said Fisichella. “He always played for Torino, for the last seven years and only one season he played in Europe for Tornio.
“So he’s done very well in Serie A. He has scored more than 100 goals for Torino. He was the second-best striker in 2017. But his record with the Italian national team isn’t great either.
“Now, this is his opportunity. He’s very good in the box. Very physical, and can hold the ball well, we saw him at the Euros when we saw him coming off the bench, replacing Immobile, he always did a decent job.
“I am not sure in the Premier League, he can be a 20-goals-a-season striker, but certainly for a team like Arsenal or others, he could be a good back-up striker. Like on the bench.”
WHAT NEXT FOR BELLOTTI?
Belotti is at the peak of his powers and, at the age of 28, this is going to be the final big move of his career.
Could he join a Premier League side? Well, if he is going to be considered as a possible back-up at the Emirates, then surely he needs to look elsewhere where he is going to play on a regular basis.
Whilst his style of play is very different to what Arteta has at his disposal, at the end of the day, he doesn’t suit what Arsenal have been building over the years.
Either way, this is going to be a big call for Belotti because he has decided against penning a new contract