After the draw between Torino and Milan, goal-scorer Andrea Belotti’s declarations terrorised Toro‘s fans: “My future is uncertain and qualifying for the Europa League could be a decider with regards to my permanence here”.
WOULD TORINO LET HIM GO?
Before this statement, Belotti’s departure was a mere hypothesis. Moreover, President Cairo had reassured the fans: “He can only leave for 100 million euros [The buy-out clause in Belotti’s contract]. Obviously this price is extremely high and I doubt that kind of money will ever arrive: that’s why I’m happy to keep him.” Nonetheless, the striker’s will could influence the situation majorly.
In the past, Cairo has been known to allow his top-players to leave, when requested. This might be the case, if Torino’s results at the end of the season were to fail Il Gallo‘s ambitions. In the past, Cairo let go of Ogbonna, Cerci, Immobile, Darmian, Maksimovic, Bruno Peres and even the club’s captain, Kamil Glik. These factors suggest that Belotti’s hypothetical requests would be accommodated.
WHERE WOULD HE GO?
If Belotti were to leave Torino, he is assumed to leave for the Premier League. As he becomes more and more well-known on the European scene, Belotti is increasingly attracting British admirers, amongst which Manchester United and Arsenal.
Remaining in Italy seems like a less practicable option for the centre-forward, despite Milan’s interest (reciprocated by Belotti, famously a Milan supporter). Cairo would understandably not want to strengthen his direct competitors by gifting them with his best player. This also explains why the buy-out clause, however high the price, is reserved solely to foreign clubs.
Thus, it seems like Belotti’s future in Granata is strongly proportional to the team’s achievements this year. Torino, currently 8th and six points away from that vital 6th place, will have to fight hard for a Europa League spot.