Calciomercato are reporting today from Italy that Newcastle are interested in signing Sampdoria’s 27-year-old Columbian International striker Duvan Zapata who has just signed on for Sampdoria from Napoli.
He was on loan at Sampdoria last season and with Udinese for the two seasons before that.
But his loan deal with Sampdoria last season came with an obligation to buy – the club must buy him for the agreed to transfer fee – and so he is now a Sampdoria player.
27-year-old Duvan Zapata of Sampdoria – wants to leave the Genoa-based club.
But the striker is now keen to leave the club for pastures new and some Chinese clubs are interested in him as well as Southampton and Newcastle being mentioned as suitors.
Zapata signed on for Napoli back in August 2013 when Rafa Benitez had only just been appointed the manager of the Italian club that summer.
The striker spent his first two years under Rafa Benitez playing for Napoli and in 54 total appearances for the Naples club, he scored 15 goals and had 5 assists.
Rafa will know all about the Columbian International who stands 6ft 3ins in height, but after Rafa left after two years managing Napoli to some success, Zapata was sent out on loan for the last three seasons.
He is now available even though he has just signed a four-year contract with Sampdoria.
One question will be what is the transfer fee his Italian club will be looking for.
Here is a piece from the Calcioomercato report:
“The suitors for Zapata are not lacking.”
“There was talk of an interest in Atalanta and Sporting Lisbon, before the chaos Mihajlovic, but for Duvan other companies would be moving from abroad.
“According to Il Secolo XIX the attacker would be followed by Southampton and Newcastle in the Premier League, but the real news would be that coming from China.”
“Yesterday, in fact, there would have been a decided inclusion of the Jiangsu team owned by Suning, and the negotiations would seem well underway.”
“The future of Zapata, in short, is yet to be resolved between Sampdoria and a possible exotic future.”
“And it prepares a real revolution from the parts of Corte Lambruschini (the area of Genoa where UC Sampdoria is located).”
From those words, it would seem the player is more interested in going for the big bucks that are available these days in China.
What do you think?