Arsenal deny making club record £56m bid for striker

Arsenal have not made an offer of £56million for Italian striker Andrea Belotti, contrary to comments made by Torino’s sporting director.

Belotti is fast emerging as one of the hottest properties in European football, having scored 17 goals in 21 matches for club and country this season. This has inevitably led to speculation over his future, with the Gunners said to be amongst his growing list of admirers.

Indeed, according to Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, Arsene Wenger’s side have made an offer of £56million for the 23-year-old. This would be a club record for the capital club, surpassing the potential £42.5million which took Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

“We received and refused a €65million (£56million) offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player,” Petrachi told Sky Sports Italia. “Anyway, he is going nowhere for now. We want to enjoy him, then we’ll see what happens.”

However, Arsenal sources have already told Sky Sports that no such offer has been made for Belotti. But should Il Toro relent and decide to cash in on their prized asset, who remains under contract until 2021, there are sure to be a host of clubs ready to pounce.

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