- Atalanta, Roma, Napoli, and Spurs all in Negotiations for the Free Agent
- The Strikers Preferred Destination AC Milan are Moving onto other Targets
- Belotti’s Insistence of Being the Recognised Striker Will Dictate Move
Pending free agent Andrea Belotti’s future is still to be decided, but with team’s already making moves for the 2022-’23 season, only 4 teams remain in negotiations.
With the strikers preferred destination, AC Milan now making their move for another end of season free agent Divock Origi, the race for Andrea Belotti’s signature now rests with Atalanta, Roma, Napoli, and Spurs according to reports in Italy.
Playing as the recognised Stricker in his next club is no doubt the residing factor in Belotti singing on the dotted line in the coming months, although the competition for places amongst Serie A’s elite teams may just force his hand.
With the singing of Origi now all but announced, the decision of Zlatan Ibrahimovic potential retirement at the end of the season could be the news that brings Milan back to the negotiation table for Belotti.
A starting berth even without Ibrahimovic is far from certain with Giroud, Rafael Lea, Rebic, Diaz and now Origi standing in his way.
Rafael Leão is also having another break out season providing 9 goals and 4 assists in 30 appearances. His blend of blistering pace and skill is starting to draw the attentions of Europe’s elite, and with his contact extension yet to be resolved, and Milan’s stringent wage structure already leading to several key player exits (Kessie & Çalhanoğlu), there could still yet be space opening for Belotti at Milan.
Lorenzo Insigne’s pending mega bucks move to the MLS certainly creates space within Napoli’s frontline, whilst at 34 Dries Mertens is certainly no spring chicken.
Moving into the 2022 season Napoli’s frontline would consist of star singing Osimhen, Lozano, Poitano, Patagna, Mertens and inexperienced Ambrosino. Napoli certainly represents a team in need for recruitment, especially with their talisman Insigne on the move. Gli Azzurri will surely be at the forefront of Belotti’s mind when making a decision this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur will certainly be active in the summer transfer market, especially after this past winter’s ruthless clear out. Although acting as Harry Kane’s understudy hasn’t faired well for the likes of Janssen and Vinicius in recent seasons.
The form of Son and Kulusevski on the wings certainly cements their starting births moving into the 2022 season, whilst Moura and Bergwijn act as solid impact player coming from the bench.
The resurrection of Bergwijn’s transfer to Ajax could happen again this summer, and thus create space and playing time with a potential Champion’s League campaign looking likely. Although will Belotti fancy his chances of breaking into the Conte Best XI? We think not.
A move to Gasparini’s side could potentially appeal to Belotti should more glamorous moves not materialise this summer. He’d almost certainly displant Zapata as the focal point of the side, whilst Muriel is fast becoming an impact player from the bench.
This seasons form most likely puts any potential moves for Belotti on hold, with Atalanta currently languishing in 8th place in the league (3 places above Torino), European football looks unlikely for the season ahead.
José Mourinho resurgent Roma side looks the most likely destination in our opinion. With Zaniolo seemingly Juventus bound and Mkhitaryan’s contract up, space within the Giallorossi’s frontline is opening up for the coming season.
Tammy Abraham has been a revelation this season with Serie A, whilst the emergence of Afena-Gyan is a real positive for Mourinho, although the form of the like of El Shaarawy and Shomurodov has been patchy.
With a European campaign looking likely given current form, A.S Roma looks an exciting developing project under Mourinho, with Italian football seemingly most suited to his disruptive management style. Belotti would certainly compliment the re-building process currently underway at Roma.