Newcastle United are said to be preparing a second offer to lure Duvan Zapata away from Atalanta this month.
Corriere Bergamo today claim that on the evening of the 19th of January, the Magpies were indeed preparing their second offer for Zapata as the first one worth a €5 million loan fee and €18 million option to buy was rejected earlier. Atalanta said ‘no’ because of two reasons – they want €40 million in total for the move to go through.
Secondly, they want an obligation to buy at the end of the loan deal so that Zapata doesn’t return to the club in the summer.
Atalanta have identified Sasa Kalajdzic as a potential replacement but they will only sign him if money comes in from the sale of Zapata, as the Stuttgart man is valued at €20 million.
Newcastle’s talks for Robin Gosens have now stopped as they are focusing on Zapata. Atalanta are now unwilling to let Gosens leave, since Hans Hateboer has now handed in a transfer request.