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Antonio Conte's efforts to bolster his Premier League champions have taken another hit, with reports from Italy claiming that Chelsea have failed in a bid to land Torino goal machine Andrea Belotti.
The Stamford Bridge club wanted to make the Granata striker their fifth summer signing, but a bid of £63 million has been knocked back by the Turin outfit.
According to Tuttosport, Torino are unwilling to settle for anything less than £88 million, Belotti's release clause, for the Italy international.
Since his arrival at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, the 23-year-old has cemented himself as one of the most prolific talents in Serie A, scoring 45 times in 72 appearances for the Granata, including 28 goals in 38 games, last season.
Belotti scored 28 goals in 38 appearances for Torino, last season. Image: PA
Belotti has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, this summer, but Torino's insistence that the former Palermo striker's release clause must be met has caused his suitors to look elsewhere.
Chelsea's failure to land Belotti will likely frustrate an already infuriated Antonio Conte, who is still looking to add three new signings to his team to accompany Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Willy Caballero, who have all arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer for a total of roughly £130 million.
Belotti's domestic form has translated to international level, too, with the Torino man scoring four goals in his first nine appearances for Italy. Image: PA
Having missed out on Romelu Lukaku, who instead joined Manchester United, and struggling to make any headway with Juventus over a deal for Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro, Conte has reportedly become furious behind the scenes with the Chelsea board, having seen Nemanja Matic sold to United for £40 million, with John Terry leaving the club at the end of last season and Diego Costa refusing to return to Stamford Bridge following a falling out with the Italian, stemming from a training ground incident in January.
Conte has been left furious by his board's inability to secure the signings he wants to strengthen his squad. Image: PA
This latest failure is unlikely to improve Conte's mood ahead of a trip to Wembley this weekend, where his injury and suspension ridden Champions take on Tottenham in their second Premier League game of the season.
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