Roma Seek Fallbacks After Talks with Atalanta Collapse

Duvan Zapata won’t transfer to Roma after all, as Atalanta turned down the final offer from Roma. The Giallorossi are moving on to different targets. The parties were close last week, but El Bilal Touré suffering a major thigh injury changed things, Corriere dello Sport relays.

The formal bid from the capital side arrived only Wednesday, which was too late for La Dea. The Bergamaschi believe they wouldn’t have time to find a replacement. Gian Piero Gasperini heavily influenced the decision. The striker accepted the move but didn’t push hard to complete it. He will play more with his new teammate on the shelf.

Roma have eight days to find a new striker after the Zapata deal fell apart. Romelu Lukaku is the loftiest target, but they need a lot of help from Chelsea to bring him in. The potential alternatives from Serie A are Moise Kean and Luka Jovic, Calciomercato informs.

Both forwards are considered expendable by their respective clubs. The Viola one is way more affordable. Instead, they are unlikely to revisit Alvaro Morata, who was atop their wish list for a few weeks.

Our Take on Roma and Zapata

Touré’s injury was unpredictable and unfortunate, but they also paid the price for not acting fast enough. Jovic and Kean aren’t ideal fits for their needs and aren’t clear upgrades over Andrea Belotti.

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