Malinovskyi Favors Tottenham over Other Destinations

The goal scored against Milan might not alter the future of Ruslan Malinovskyi, who is being pursued Tottenham, Nottingham Forest and Olympique Marseille. Gian Piero Gasperini would like to sell him to bring in a different type of player.

As per Sportitalia, Atalanta are trying to mend the relationship between the coach and the attacker. The gaffer reiterated his request after the game (via La Repubblica).

“He’s very good, but he’s not a pure striker and he’s adapting to such role. I have been asking for one for four years now.”

Malinovskyi was at risk of not being called up because the club is in talks with Tottenham and Olympique Marseille. As per Tuttomercatoweb, the Orobici are mulling a swap with the French outfit involving Cengiz Under. Instead, the Ukrainian international would rather join the Spurs. However, they have offered just a loan with option to buy so far.

Atalanta are indeed working to purchase a physical center-forward. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, they have started negotiating with Sturm Graz for Rasmus Hojlund. He has bagged 12 goals in 21 appearances with the Austrian team. They acquired him from Copenhagen for €1.8M in January. The 19-year-old had hit the net 5 times in 32 matches with his previous side.

Our Take on Malinovskyi, Atalanta and Tottenham

La Dea could surely use an injection of youth up front to challenge and eventually replace Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel, but there’s no reason why it should be at the expense of the ex-Genk star. He has proven time and time again to be a difference-maker in big clashes. The way they could have more punch is by moving him to no.10 rather than fielding him exclusively as a second-striker.

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