Chelsea are desperately looking for a striker to replace Diego Costa, set to leave to join Atletico Madrid back after breaking up with manager Antonio Conte.
After missing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United instead, the Blues targeted Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Spanish sources claim it’s a done deal – Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Torino top scorer Andrea “Il Gallo” Belotti.
Granata chairman Urbano Cairo insisted that the clubs aiming to sign the Italian striker need to pay the entire release clause:
“He has a €100m release clause. For now no-one has come in for him. I’m glad he’s with us and I hope he can stay.
“I want to understand his intentions, I’m happy for him to stay, not least because we’ve given up interesting options which didn’t reach the €100m clause.
“They weren’t real offers, but there were contacts. I don’t want to imagine a Toro without Il Gallo.
“Tonight I’ll have a meal with [coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic and [sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi, we’ll talk about everything and you understand we also have to think about this possibility.