Newcastle target Zapata after Gosens, but see opening bid rejected

by | Jan 18, 2022 09:40

Atalanta have reportedly rejected Newcastle’s opening bid for Duvan Zapata, but could consider the striker’s sale for €45m.

The Magpies have targeted both Robin Gosens and Zapata in the January transfer window.

La Dea has already rejected an opening offer for the Germany full-back, but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Newcastle have knocked on the Nerazzurri’s door again, asking for Zapata.

The report claims Atalanta rejected an opening €30m bid for the 31-year-old. However, La Dea could consider the striker’s sale for an offer exceeding €45m.

Zapata, a long-time Arsenal fan, has repeatedly said that he dreams of playing in the Premier League one day and Newcastle would offer him a €6m-a-year contract.

The Premier League strugglers remain in talks for Gosens as well, although Atalanta director Umberto Marino ruled out the German’s transfer on Sunday.

“I read stories of Newcastle interest in a different Atalanta player every day, it’s like Bingo to see who comes up next,” he said minutes before a home Serie A clash against Inter.

“Robin has been out of action for four months, we miss him as a player and also a person, as he is one of the leaders of this squad and we hope he returns as soon as possible.”

Nevertheless, Gazzetta report that a big-money offer could convince Atalanta to sell Gosens, even though it is more likely that only one between him and Zapata will leave in January.

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