Andrea Belotti: Profiling the Manchester United and AC Milan transfer target

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Andrea Belotti

Andrea Belotti has been the subject of much transfer speculation over the last month with Manchester United and AC Milan in particular courting the striker.

Jose Mourinho reportedly sees the 23-year-old as a back up in case United’s bid to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid is unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Belotti has admitted to being an AC Milan fan and idolising former Rossoneri icon Andriy Shevchenko. The club are looking to sign him on loan with an option to buy.

The Italian striker scored 23 goals in Serie A last season with Torino, propelling them to a ninth place finish.

The video below profiles Belotti who has a €100 million buyout clause.

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PSG hold Cristiano Ronaldo talks as Real Madrid star eyes Bernabeu exit

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With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation has already begun.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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CRISTIANO RONALDO

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly already held talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over a possible move this summer according to the Daily Mail.

The Portuguese has informed Real Madrid that he would like to leave the club with his agent Jorge Mendes meeting with PSG to discuss a deal during the Champions League final in Cardiff.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: If Ronaldo does leave this summer, PSG would be the most likely destination. However, in all probability, the 32-year-old lands a bumper new deal and all is well in Ronaldo land again.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

ERIC DIER

If Manchester United can put together £50 million, they could sign Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, the Telegraph reports.

Jose Mourinho is apparently keen on the Spurs man and sees him as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Dier would fit the billing for Mourinho as a holding midfielder but the price tag could prove to be a stumbling block as would the task of convincing the English international to make the switch considering how Tottenham have been shaping up over the last couple of seasons.

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO

Tiemoue Bakayoko has decided against Manchester City and Manchester United and has opted for a move to Chelsea instead, according to L’Equipe.

With the London club’s patience running out, the player and his entourage were spurred into action to agree on a move to Stamford Bridge.

The two clubs now need to agree a fee, with Chelsea reportedly offering up to €30 million (£26m) so far, with Monaco holding out for at least €45m (£39m).

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Bakayoko would be a fine addition to the Premier League champions and would suit the system that Antonio Conte employs.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's doubts over Real Madrid future could be due to tax evasion accusations

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo appears determined to quit Spain as he believes he is being singled out for unfair treatment by the tax authorities.

Press Association Sport understands the 32-year-old is “outraged” after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8million).

A source claims the “outraged” Portugal international “feels great indignation” with all the speculation about his tax affairs and and a sense of “injustice” at the allegations – which he contests – and has made a decision to leave Spain.

Earlier this week Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute released a statement which said: “There is no tax evasion scheme… There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything.”

On Thursday Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year contract in November, posted a picture of himself with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption “Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet”.

Ronaldo’s tactics are not dissimilar to those of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain in 2014, also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment, when he was accused of concealing 4.1million euros (£3.5million) from the authorities.

The Argentina forward was found guilty and subsequently lost an appeal against a 21-month prison sentence (under Spanish law sentences under two years are usually suspended) and a fine of 2.1million euros (£1.8million).

As one of the most marketable players in the world, Ronaldo’s potential availability would generate much interest, but only the very richest clubs in the world would be able to afford him.

His Real contract is understood to have a buyout clause of 1billion euros (£874million) and, in May, Forbes calculated his pre-tax salary as being close to £45million a year.

The Euro 2016 winner has helped Real secure the Champions League three times, scoring twice in last month’s final as they became the first club to retain the title, and he became only the second player to score in three finals. He is the competition’s record goalscorer with 105.

He has also won two LaLiga titles with the club he joined from Manchester United for £80million in 2009.

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