According to reports in the Italian media, Duvan Zapata will cost West Ham, Chelsea or Inter Milan a hefty price this summer.
Calciomercato reports that Atalanta are set to make Zapata’s loan from Sampdoria permanent for €14m (just over £12m). And Atalanta will demand around €50m (nearly £44m) if they are to sell him on immediately.
West Ham, Chelsea and Inter Milan have been checking on Zapata this summer. But this sizeable price tag could put all three parties off. And Chelsea’s transfer ban makes this deal impossible at the moment.
Who is Duvan Zapata?
Zapata is a long-term West Ham target. This dates back to summer 2013 when the Hammers tried and failed to obtain a work permit for the Colombia international (The Guardian).
Since then, Zapata has plied his trade in Italy. After initially moving to Napoli, Zapata has had spells with Udinese, Sampdoria and now Atalanta.
This is the 28-year-old’s most prolific season to date by some distance. With 27 goals and seven assists in all competitions, Zapata has lit up Serie A.
Atalanta either want to keep the 6ft 2in centre-forward or make a large profit on him. If these figures are correct, they could make a profit of over £30m on Zapata this summer.