Manchester United have been linked with several high-profile strikers ahead of the summer transfer window.

The MEN understands that key figures responsible for incomings and outgoings at Old Trafford have already made Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland a priority target in attacking quarters.

England captain Harry Kane has been touted as another possible option after reports suggested he could push for an exit at the end of the season if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League.

Haaland and Kane won't come cheaply, though, as the market is also set to be shaped by financial complications brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With that in mind, there may be added emphasis on the desire to find a bargain deal ahead of the window.

Here we take a closer look at Torino frontman Andrea Belotti, who has been highlighted as a potential target for United, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea.

In the beginning

Born in Calcinate, an Italian town situated in the country's Lombardy region, the striker progressed through the ranks with little-known Serie C side AlbinoLeffe.

Handed a senior debut aged 18, Belotti scored 14 goals in 39 games during the 2012/13 season.

It marked an impressive return for a young player thrust into the rigours of professional football and, subsequently, that proved sufficient enough to earn him a move to Palermo, initially as part of a dual registration.

Belotti was almost instantly welcomed into the first-team squad in Sicily.

Ten goals followed during his first Serie B campaign as Palermo also went on to earn a dream promotion back to the top-division in Italian football, too.

He remained at the club for another 12 months - adding six Serie A goals - before Torino came calling in 2015.

Big move to Torino

Still only 21 years old, it took a reported fee of €7.5million to prize the highly-rated Belotti from Palermo, but there can be no doubt that he has already repaid that outlay.

Fast-forward six seasons, the man affectionately known as Il Gallo, 'The Rooster', in tribute to a childhood friend and trademark celebration, is ranked eighth in Torino's all-time goal charts.

Belotti, who also captains the club, has totted up 91 goals in 191 starts in Serie A alone.

Belotti has scored 91 goals in 191 starts in Serie A

Perhaps even more importantly, his tally of 12 in 27 games so far this season has gone a long way to helping Torino stave off the threat of relegation.

As the 2020/21 campaign reaches its business end, with the future of Belotti up for discussion, the strugglers are five points clear of the bottom three, as things stand, but they do have a game in hand.

International call

A regular for the national age-group sides, the Torino number nine was handed his full Italy debut in 2016.

It came as a second-half substitute during a friendly defeat to France. Instead of marking the occasion with a goal, the bustling frontman was booked as the game headed into added-time.

Belotti has fared much better since then for the Azzurri, though, scoring 11 goals and laying on seven assists during his 32 appearances so far.

He has yet to represent Italy at a major international championship, discounting the Nations League, but having scored against Bulgaria last month in a World Cup qualifier, the 27-year-old has every chance of being named in the final squad ahead of this summer's delayed Euro 2020 event.

A cut-price transfer?

With just over 12 months left to run on his Torino contract, reports over the last few days suggest Belotti could be available for a cut-price transfer this summer.

As things stand, the striker has a release clause somewhere around the €100m mark.

However, with the market continually shifting as a result of the ongoing pandemic - and the player yet to extend his deal at the Serie A club - he could be available for a fraction of that figure during the summer transfer window.

According to Corriere Dello Sport - an Italian newspaper based in Rome - Torino are set to accept bids in the region of €25m as United and Chelsea continue to be linked with his signature.