Date: 9th January 2017 at 9:10am
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The January transfer market gets stranger – over the weekend Torino chief Gianluca Petrachi claimed Arsenal had a £56million bid rejected for striker Andrea Belotti – however it seems sources close to Arsenal have flatly denied this.

The player has scored 13 goals in 16 Serie A appearances so far this term and their Director of Sport Petrachi told Sky Sport Italia that an offer of 65million Euros (£55.7million) had been rejected for the Italian international.

That fee of course would see the 23 year old become our record ever signing.

‘Yes, we received that offer but it does not match Belotti’s value. And for the time being he’s not going anywhere: we want to enjoy having him around, then we’ll see.’

The former Palermo player only signed a contract extension last month and that reportedly carries a 100million Euro release fee for foreign clubs and President Urbano Cairo was speaking following their draw to Sassuolo on Sunday about respecting the release fee in the deal.

‘We put a very high price on that clause to deter other clubs, and I want to keep Belotti close by. I’ve proved throughout my life that I’m more of a buyer than a seller, in fact I’ve never sold anything.’

Source – Sky.

Sky go on to say that their sources at the club are adamant no bid was ever made for the player, but of course there are no quotes with that denial.

However, with Danny Welbeck returning to fitness and getting a small run out in our FA Cup third round victory over Preston North End would we really be in the hunt for another striker whilst an almost non stop scoring Olivier Giroud is after more starts himself?

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