Atalanta Preparing for a Major Shift in January Window

Gian Piero Gasperini and the Italian branch of the Atalanta management flew to Boston to meet with co-owner Stephen Pagliuca over the break. Even though the tone of the gaffer wasn’t well-received, the brass is ready to embrace his vision and lean more on the youngsters. However, they won’t give their veterans away, Alfredo Pedullà informs.

La Dea plans to hand the keys to the attack to Rasmus Hojlund. They intend to part ways with Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata, who are under contract until 2024. But they’ll do so only for adequate bids; otherwise, they’ll wait until the summer.

The Atalanta higher-ups indicated that they could invest up to €40M to compete in the Champions League race. They have Young Boys’ Fabian Rieder and Vitoria Guimaraes’ Ibrahima Bamba in their crosshairs. Caleb Okoli and Giorgio Scalvini have many suitors, but they plot to hold onto them, at least for now. The same goes for Marco Carnesecchi. He could easily be the starter in the future if they found a taker for Juan Musso.

Ruslan Malinovskyi and Jeremie Boga are also up for sale but not at discount prices. Tottenham and Olympique Marseille tracked the former late in the summer window. The Ivorian winger has been linked to Brighton due to the connection with coach Roberto De Zerbi, but there are no ongoing negotiations. Fiorentina are eyeing him given their offensive injuries.

Our Take on the Atalanta Plans

It’d be a grand strategy if they pulled it off. However, they might be stuck between two eras for a couple more windows, much to the chagrin of the manager. It won’t be easy to move so many aging but fairly expensive players at once.

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