Arsenal and Chelsea target Andrea Belotti does not believe he is worth his £85m release clause and says the prices for players ''have gone through the roof''.
The Torino forward, lovingly nicknamed ''The Rooster'' by his supporters, has been in fine form for Sinisa Mihajlovic's men, scoring 25 goals and providing five assists in just 30 league games this season, but he believes the escape clause inserted into his contract is rather exorbitant.
The 23-year-old has delivered on the promise he showed for I Granata last season and is understandably being courted by some of Europe's biggest clubs, but in a world where the fees for footballers are scarcely believable, Belotti is still a little perplexed by his price tag.
'I honestly do not feel that I am worth so much," the Arsenal and Chelsea target told Sport Mediaset. "In football, however, the figures have increased dramatically, and the values of the players have gone through the roof."
With the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil uncertain, Arsenal may well need a marquee player to appease their supporters and replace their two most gifted attackers, while Chelsea, who are planning to spend heavily in the summer, see Belotti as a potential replacement for Diego Costa, who could move to the Chinese Super League.
Torino handed Belotti a bumper new contract with the €100m release clause earlier in the season in order to keep him from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. The club's president Urbano Cairo initially agreed with his prized asset and thought the fee was ''stratospheric at the time'', but he now believes it to be too low.
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"It seemed stratospheric at the time, but now it seems too low," Cairo told RAI Radio 1 earlier this month. "I don't think anybody is going to come along and offer us €100m for him right now, though, so I think it is better for him and for us that he stays here another year.
"I've read that he would be happy to stay and I'll have a word with him. I think he needs to consolidate and have another great season and then go to the World Cup in really high spirits, and then we will see.
"I would keep him here for life, but I'm obliged to let him go if somebody from abroad offers €100m. Then it would be down to him – he could even say no, but I have a splendid relationship with Andrea and I think we can still go a long way together."
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