Despite a wealth of talent in the attacking areas, Manchester City continue to be linked with forwards ahead of what is sure to be a busy transfer window this summer.
While most of Pep Guardiola’s attention is expected to be on defensive areas, it has been repeatedly suggested that he’d still like one more attacking name, with Alexandre Lacazette yesterday linked with a move to the Etihad.
Another name has surfaced today, Serie A’s most prolific striker this season – even ahead of Gonzalo Higuaín and Edin Dzeko – and that is 23-year-old Andrea Belotti of Torino.
Belotti has been in lethal form this season, scoring 24 goals in just 27 games, his pace, work rate and tenacity making him hard to handle for Serie A defences. He is a teammate of City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is on loan at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino for the season.
His form has not gone unnoticed, with the usual list of big clubs, including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal, all said to be keeping an eye on Belotti, who also has three goals in five games for Italy’s national team.
It was predictable, then, that Manchester City should join the list of alleged suitors, and Calciomercato claims that Pep Guardiola is ‘dazzled’ by Belotti’s play, and sees him as potentially the perfect player to strengthen City’s forward line.
The Italian news source also tries to link any possible Belotti arrival with the exit of Sergio Aguero, something that seems less likely to happen after the Argentine’s recent form. But even if Kun stays in Manchester, it’s entirely possible that another striker will join, with Kelechi Iheanacho the one who would be out of luck, thanks to the emergence of Gabriel Jesus.