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Report: Arsenal says no bid made for Torino striker

FC Torino v Genoa CFC - Serie A

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: Andrea Belotti of FC Torino in action during the Serie A match between FC Torino and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on December 22, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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What is Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi getting at anyway?

Petrachi claims his side has rejected a $68 million bid for 23-year-old Italian striker Andrea Belotti, who has 14 goals in 18 matches this season after potting 12 last year.

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This flies in the face of reports that Arsenal is more focused on resigning their stars to new contracts then bringing in new faces.

So it’s no surprise that sources told Sky Sports a bid was never cast. And with Petrachi saying $68 million doesn’t touch their rating of the player, it feels a lot like gamesmanship.

The fee would shatter Arsenal’s transfer record, set with the purchase of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for about $53 million.

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