Man Utd to launch £71m transfer bid after Jose Mourinho’s phone call with key target

Manchester United are ready to submit an €80 million (£70.6m) bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports in Italy.

Tuttosport claims that Jorge Mendes, who is currently in Milan for negotiations, has informed the Serie A club of United’s willingness to make an offer, although it still falls short of the Italy international’s €100m (£88m) release clause.

It’s also claimed that Jose Mourinho personally called Belotti in late April to make the 23-year-old aware of United’s interest.

United are facing competition from AC Milan for the Italy international, and the Serie A side have already had one bid rejected.

United’s offer for Belotti indicates that the club are continuing to explore alternative targets to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Earlier this week, United had a £52.4m bid for the Spain international rejected by Madrid.

And the Spanish champions are understood to be valuing the striker, who only started 16 games in La Liga and the Champions League last season, at £78m.

Torino, meanwhile, continue to maintain that Belotti will not be sold for anything less than his €100m release clause which only applies to teams outside of Italy.

‘I have no intention of selling him, but there’s a €100m release clause,’ Torino’s president Urbano Cairo told reporters in Milan on Thursday.

‘If someone brings the €100m then I would have to let him go.

‘There’s a clause, so if a foreign team comes in and brings that number I’ll have to sell him.

‘That is unless the player decides to refuse and remains.’

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