Damien Comolli believes Andrea Belotti is an Arsene Wenger type player, but that he won’t be plying his trade at the Emirates anytime soon.
The former Arsenal scout was asked about the potential deal on the fourth episode of Football Whispers TV.
“I think he’s an Arsene type player but i think there’s zero chance he makes a move for him. There was absolutely no bid made and Arsenal are not in the market for a striker. It’s as simple as that.”
As Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger enters his 20th year of Premier League management, fans of English football have come to understand that the French tactician is not overly keen on splashing massive amounts of cash on transfers.
But, in a move completely out of character, reports had suggested that Wenger had reportedly sanctioned a whopping €65 million bid for 23-year-old Italian international Andrea Belotti.
At least that is the claim made by Torino’s director of sport Gianluca Petrachi.
“We have refused an offer from Arsenal for Belotti”, Petrachi told Sky Sport Italia.
“Honestly, I believe that we should enjoy our present and I think that the player’s worth much more than that. Their offer is not enough for us, Belotti’s worth much more.
“We are happy to have him with us, let’s see what will happen in the future.”
The Football Whispers Index is currently scoring the Belotti to Arsenal rumour at just 2.2 out of five, suggesting that any potential deal is some way off at this stage.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal follow up their supposed interest in the young striker, who penned a new deal with Il Toro earlier this season which includes a €100 million buyout clause.
It may be one to watch out for the in the summer though with uncertainty surrounding the future of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has been the leading the line this season and he won’t be easily replaced but the Gunners could do much worse than signing the Italian hot shot.
Comparing Andrea Belotti to Olivier Giroud
If they were to prise the player nicknamed Gallo — “rooster” — away from Serie A, would he be an upgrade on the in-form, yet still out of favour, Olivier Giroud?
One thing Belotti certainly has in his favour is age, being seven years the Frenchman’s junior while also still improving.
There is an obvious stylistic difference between the pair too, as Giroud, with his aerial prowess and ability to link play, is very much in the mould of a traditional target man, while Belotti is considered more of an all-round striker who comes to life when sniffing out opportunities inside the penalty area.
Belotti has outscored the Arsenal man by 14 goals to nine so far this season, with both strikers having registered three assists each.
But Giroud’s recent form has brought his strike-rate down to a staggering level of a goal every 83.8 minutes, bettering the Italian’s own impressive return of finding the net every 113.4 minutes.
And it’s no surprise to discover that the 6ft 4ins Frenchman has a better success rate in aerial duels (57.1 percent) than the Torino star (41 percent).
Belotti has, however, demonstrated a greater degree of accuracy in front of goal, finding the target with 45.6 percent of his shots to Giroud’s 43 percent. The Italian has also been more adept at picking out a colleague, completing an impressive 78.2 percent of his attempted passes, wheres the former Montpellier forward finds a red shirt 70.7 percent of the time.
The statistics show that there is not a vast disparity between the two players and, with their differing styles, they could potentially form an effective partnership.
But if Wenger has money to burn and decides a new striker is where he wants to spend it, he wouldn’t be going too far wrong by investing in Belotti, who, at 23, has become one of the rising stars of Italian football.