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Chelsea target asks to leave Serie A Club - Tancredi Palmeri

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/07/2017

Premier League Champion Chelsea is considering a move for Torino highest goal scorer after losing out to Manchester United in the hunt for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

 According to Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Belotti wants to further his career away from his current club.

Palmeri tweeted: "Belotti has asked Torino to go to a bigger club.

"Now up to Chelsea and Milan to offer 90ish millions of €…"

Belotti is currently under contract at Torino until 2021 but has a £88m (€100m) release clause.

Starsport understands Belotti was Antonio Conte's preferred target ahead of Lukaku, who was wanted by technical director Michael Emenalo.

The 23-year-old rose to prominence last term after bagging 28 goals in 38 appearances.

Torino chief Urbano Cairo is hopeful Belotti will remain at the club.

"I chose the clause to be €100m (£88m) abroad remember because it is very high and for the moment no-one has come in for him," Cairo said.

"I'm glad he's with us and hope he stays."

Torino sparked speculation over Belotti's future by leaving him out of their kit launch yesterday.