Roma to Intensify Bid to Sign Atalanta Striker

After missing out on several top center-forward targets, Roma will pursue a deal for long-serving Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata. As per Il Romanista, Jose Mourinho’s men have fixated on the 32-year-old as an ideal emergency signing in an otherwise disappointing transfer window.

Gianluca Scamacca and Alvaro Morata have been in Mourinho’s orbit since the start of the summer. But the former has joined Atalanta, while the latter has recently committed his future to Atletico Madrid. Moreover, Santos whizz-kid Marcos Leonardo won’t be moving to Roma this summer.

Despite matching the Brazilians’ asking price of €17m, including add-ons, Roma will have to look elsewhere. The South American heavyweights have decided against selling their up-and-coming forward.

Left with minimal options in the market, Roma will turn to Zapata. Having lost his place in Gian Piero Gasperini’s starting lineup, the Colombian frontman could be available at around €10m. However, given his age, he would only be a short-term solution for Mourinho.

Roma cannot start the upcoming Serie A campaign without a new striker. Despite tying Andrea Belotti down to a new contract, the Italian’s well-documented lack of prolificacy compels Mourinho to land a more sustainable option.

Tammy Abraham would’ve been Mourinho’s regular starter. But the Englishman faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up an ACL injury against Spezia on last season’s final weekend.

Zapata could plug the hole, but Roma will insist on a loan deal. They’re willing to include a buyout clause related to the player’s contribution.

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