Andrea Belotti is one of the main striker options Jose Mourinho could try to bring to Roma – but that doesn’t necessarily mean Edin Dzeko will leave, according to reports.
Mourinho will soon begin planning for his first season in charge of Roma and will be looking to bolster his squad. One of the priority areas the club have been looking to strengthen is up front.
Dzeko fell out with Paulo Fonseca in January and hasn’t quite been the same since. However, he scored in both legs of the Europa League semi-final against Manchester United in a reminder of his qualities.
But it seems Roma will target a younger centre-forward to be first choice next season. According to Corriere Dello Sport, that man may be Belotti.
Mourinho reportedly wanted to sign the Torino striker when he was in charge of Tottenham. His interest in the 27-year-old remains, and it could be the time for the Italian to try a new challenge.
Torino do not want to sell their captain, but Belotti is out of contract in 2022. Therefore, Tiago Pinto has been making background checks on a potential deal.
Belotti would fit within Roma’s wage structure, but it remains to be seen how much his transfer fee would be.Embed from Getty Images
The report adds that even if Belotti arrives, Dzeko could stay. Mourinho has spoken favourably of the former Manchester City striker in the past and his experience will still be useful.
Roma are trying to trim down the number of over-30s in their squad, but Dzeko is one who remains in contention to stay. However, there is just one year left on his contract and he is the club’s highest earner, so if he isn’t going to be the starter any more, then a solution may have to be found.
Hence, the report concludes that Roma will hold talks over the situation shortly.
What isn’t mentioned is the future of Borja Mayoral, who should technically return to Roma for the second season of his loan spell from Real Madrid. Roma could theoretically have three strikers, but it may be hard for Mourinho to keep them all happy.