Roma Eye Ex-Lazio Target, Get Offered Atalanta Veteran

Roma are in scramble mode after Inter barged into the Scamacca race and Cholo Simeone stated he wanted to keep ahold of Alvaro Morata. They are keen on Marcos Leonardo, who was pursued by Lazio earlier in the summer, but €12M wasn’t enough to sign him.

Per Gianluca Di Marzio, the starlet okayed the move, but Santos want to find a replacement first. The transfer window ends Wednesday in Brazil. Rafaela Pimenta will try to unlock his departure in the next two days.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the Giallorossi have been offered Duvan Zapata by intermediaries. The veteran could depart Atalanta if La Dea brings in more strikers after El Bilal Touré. He’s coming off a down season where he tallied just 2 goals and 5 assists in 27 appearances.

Moreover, Roma director Tiago Pinto spent the weekend in Austria to watch LASK’s Marin Ljubicic. The 21-year-old scored 16 times in 33 matches in the last campaign. He burst onto the scenes with Hajduk Split before being poached by his current side for €2.9M last January.

Our Take on Roma, Zapata, and Ljubicic

The Atalanta forward would actually work well considering what they ask their strikers to do. However, there might be very little thread on his tires at this point. The challenge for them is to find somebody young that pleases both the brass and José Mourinho and isn’t too expensive. It’s a tall order.

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