Roma and Atalanta Fail to Reach Agreement for Zapata

Roma and Atalanta didn’t strike a deal during a meeting to negotiate the transfer of Duvan Zapata. The Giallorossi were confident it would happen and had booked the medicals for Tuesday. The proceedings slowed down due to a few reasons, SportMediaset informs.

The two clubs are discussing a permanent deal for a €10M fee, but the capital side wants a sizeable part of the sum to consist of bonuses. Moreover, Gian Piero Gasperini is trying to talk the striker into staying. The veteran thought he would no longer be used regularly following their summer additions. However, El Bilal Touré rupturing a thigh tendon changed the scenario.

Roma and Atalanta will need to haggle further to come to terms for Zapata. He has concurred on a three-year contract with €3M annual wages, but he could still change his mind.

According to Corriere dello Sport, there are ulterior factors at stake. The family of the marksman doesn’t want to leave Bergamo. His wife runs a skincare company from there.

Our Take on Roma and Zapata

The Giallorossi run into the weirdest and untimeliest issues during the transfer window. The main one is that he’s the backup center-forward, which is no small role for a side participating in the cups, with Touré out for months. Therefore, La Dea would have to replace him if they sold him, while that wouldn’t have been the case beforehand.

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