Luca Percassi admits that interest from England offers two top talents with ‘concrete’ options, but no agreements have been reached yet
Tottenham have been told that ‘offers must match the value of the players’ as they want to complete a double-header at Atalanta for Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero.
New Spurs boss Nuno wants to make his own mark in a group inherited from Jose Mourinho in north London, with knockouts for innings in Serie A.
Italian goalkeeper Gollini and Argentine defender Romero is prominent on the recruiting radar of the Premier League heavyweights, but no transactions have been made yet.
What was said?
Atalanta is open for sales at the right price, with CEO Luca Percassi telling reporters during the unveiling of the club’s new outfit: ‘There are many options we are evaluating.
“Gollini is an important player for us, but nothing has been decided yet. Tottenham are a concrete option.
“Romero is one of the best defenders in Serie A and it is normal that many clubs are interested in signing him. Atalanta have allowed him to develop and play Champions League football.
“Let’s see what happens. If we want to sell players, we have to do it in a smart way and offerings have to match the players’ value.”
The bigger picture
Reports suggest that Spurs will close on Gollini, but that they have yet to meet Atalanta’s valuation for Romero – who is currently pursuing a Copa America triumph with Argentina and will need a call option on a loan from Juventus. have before moving on again.
An agreement can still be reached, and no exit doors will be closed in Italy.
Josip Ilicic is another one for whom Atalanta is prepared to listen to offers, with the Slovenian international striker seeing his output drop in 2020-21.
Percassi added a forward who scored 56 goals for Atalanta through 149 appearances: “Ilicic has given a lot to Atalanta, we know what he can give, but we are ready to consider the offers.
“Atalanta’s goal is to achieve Serie A survival, it’s not rhetoric. We know where we come from, we are a medium-small reality of Italian football, we are still in Serie A and for us it is’ worth a Scudetto. “