Newcastle United plan to continue their assault on the transfer market by preparing a mega-offer for Atalanta‘s Duvan Zapata.
The 30-year-old striker has already been approached by the Magpies but their offer was immediately refused by the Bergamaschi, so will have to come back with something more substantial.
The initial offer was, according to Tuttomercatoweb, for around €6 million plus a further €20 million if Newcastle avoid relegation this season, but Atalanta aren’t interested in such a clause.
La Dea are said to have set the price at between €40-45 million, without clauses, for their Columbian attacker and won’t budge from their valuation. If a right-to-buy clause was included then it wouldn’t depend on the English club’s eventual Premier League position.
You can see clearly at new betting sites for 2022 the risk the striker could be taking if he does move to Newcastle. With that said, I’m sure at a push he could get a relegation clause written into his contract, but do clubs really want players who aren’t fully behind the move? With their lack of goals, maybe it is a case of beggars can’t be choosers?
Newcastle appear to be suffering from the fact they now have rich owners, so no other club are going to sell to them ‘cheaply’ and will no doubt try to inflate their prices. Their other issue, is trying to convince players to come to a club that is in the relegation zone.
One report suggested Newcastle were willing to offer the striker two million euros a season.
Zapata, who moved from Sampdoria to Atalanta in 2018, has managed an impressive 94 goals in 2018 Serie A games, including spells at Napoli and Udinese.
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