Arsenal, West Ham dealt a transfer blow, as Andrea Belotti agrees to join Jose Mourinho in AS Roma

Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli and Andrea Belotti of Torino
Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli and Andrea Belotti of Torino / IMAGO

 AS Roma have reportedly agreed on a deal to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti.

The Italy international, who is a free agent after running down his contract at the Turin club, has attracted the interest of four Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, West Ham and Everton. But he has now chosen to remain in the Serie A with Roma, his preferred destination despite interest from Juventus.

According to reports in Italy, the 28-year-old did not want to travel abroad and so has chosen to sign for Jose Mourinho’s side. 

According to Calciomercato via The Sun, Mourinho is a strong fan of the Euro 2020 winner with the player already sent a concrete contract offer by AS Roma.

According to the Italian news outlet he has been offered a two-year deal with the option of a further year until 2025. Roma are also prepared to offer Belotti £2.3million annually, which will eventually rise to £2.9m per year.

The player is expected to decide next week, but Roma are confident that they will be able to secure his services.

The Giallorossi see Belotti as the perfect backup for their main striker Tammy Abraham. Roma hope to announce his signing once they loan out Eldor Shomurodov to Bologna.

Mourinho’s men have enjoyed an impressive window so far, having already snapped up Paulo Dybala and Nemanja Matic on free transfers.

They are also working to bring in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.