AS Roma will reportedly announce the signing of Andrea Belotti in the coming days having beaten Wolves to the striker.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Jose Mourinho’s side have won the race for the free agent centre-forward.
The deal is to become official at the same time as Eldor Shomurodov’s move to Bologna.
Belotti is now said to be just waiting for the green light from Roma.
Belotti is signing for Roma, despite Wolves actually offering high wages to the player.
It is unclear how much Wanderers offered, but Belotti is keen to continue playing in Serie A having spent the whole of his professional career playing in Italy.
Before his time at Torino, he played for Palermo and before that, he was at AlbinoLeffe, which is the club he came through at.
Belotti has a fantastic goalscoring record to date, scoring 158 goals in 390 games at club level.
He has also hit 12 in 44 caps for the Italian national team.
Belotti signing for Roma is no real surprise given they are managed by Mourinho.
The Special One still has a strong pull, and has been known for signing physical centre-forwards throughout his career. Romelu Lukaku, Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Harry Kane to name but a few.
Andrea Belotti would have been a great signing for Wolves, as report claims Roma have won race
It is a real shame Wolves were unable to land Belotti as he would have potentially been a brilliant addition.
The star is a proven goalscorer in a top five league in Europe.
Wolves are crying out for someone to just stick the ball in the back of the net.
Wolves were exposed to his quality a couple of years ago having faced Torino in the Europa League in 2019/20. Belotti scored in both legs of the Europa League qualifier, leading to Conor Coady saying last year: “Belotti was a top, top player. You know the striker? Top player.
“Real, real handful. Strong. Great in the air, could finish, one and two-touch – he gave me some sort of experience on ‘this is going to be tough this year.”
Ultimately, it sounds as though Belotti just didn’t fancy leaving his home country, despite Wolves offering more money.
That’s fair enough, and hopefully Wolves are able to bring in someone who is just as good.