Chelsea were reported this week to have had a sizeable £51m offer for prolific Torino striker Andrea Belotti turned down. That in itself represented a new club record, but if the Premier League leaders are really serious about the Italian front-man it seems they'll have to pay through the roof.
According to the Daily Mirror, Torino are demanding that Belotti's full release clause be met.
That figure is said to stand at £85m, or around €100m, and would see the 23-year-old not only become by far Chelsea's most expensive player of all time, but the second most expensive player in history alongside Gareth Bale, and behind only Paul Pogba.
Belotti has scored 24 times in 28 Serie A appearances for mid-table Torino this season and has also been linked with Arsenal in the past few months.
Whether or not Chelsea will continue to pursue a deal remains to be seen. The Premier League leaders have previously been rumoured to be willing to spend up to £70m on a new striker this summer and primary options were Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata.
Diego Costa had also been expected to leave to make way for someone new, but his revelation that he is keen to continue to playing with Eden Hazard for as long as possible suggests he actually wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.
"Playing with Eden is something beautiful. You're playing on the field and at the same time enjoying what he does because he is a top player," the fiery striker is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
"At every moment I know when he is going to pass the ball to me and I also know when he wants the ball from me to complete the move.
"He's a boy that impresses me every day, he has a huge potential. He is a beautiful person, a humble guy. We get on really well while playing and I hope we stay together like this for a very long time."
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