Atalanta are standing firm on their valuation of star striker Duvan Zapata amid interest from West Ham and Napoli. According to reports in Italy, Zapata could cost as much as £60m this summer.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that West Ham offered €40m in January – €10m shy of Atalanta’s €50m (£45m) asking price. But now Atalanta might dig their heels in and demand even more.
It is thought that Atalanta president Antonio Percassi is holding out for offers between €60m and €65m – the upper bound of which is just under £60m.
Should West Ham move for Duvan Zapata?
Atalanta clearly do not want to sell Zapata after he fired in 28 goals last season. And the Italian club have Champions League football to offer him so they do not need to sell.
West Ham’s move for Maxi Gomez is currently stalling so the club will naturally be looking at alternative options. Zapata has been a long-term target so he is likely to crop up again.
But at this price, it does not make sense. The 28-year-old was in prolific form last season but his previous best tally in six seasons in Italy was 11 goals. And he is approaching the end of his 20s, suggesting a limited sell-on value.
At this price, West Ham should avoid Zapata. There are other options out there who can fill the void in the striker department without blowing the entire budget.