Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their attempts to sign Andrea Belotti as Torino president Urbano Cairo says he has spoken with Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez about the striker.
Speaking at an awards ceremony in Milan, Cairo said: “I was eating dinner with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and we were talking about contracts of players with huge release clauses and I mentioned Belotti.
“As soon as he heard of the clause for Belotti, who he didn’t know, it pricked his ears. If the clause had only been €20m, he wouldn’t have been interested.
“Belotti is an exceptional lad and he’s loved by everybody. He’s always kept his feet on the ground and remained humble, even when he’s had a €100m (£89.7m) price tag slapped on him.
“He needs to be relaxed and he told me that he has not even thought about (the clause) even when he put pen to paper on his new contract.”