The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez are keen on Atalanta’s on-loan striker Duvan Zapata.
The 6ft 2ins striker’s home club is Sampdoria,
There are reports from Italy that Newcastle scouts have been watching the 27-year-old striker.
Zapata moved to Sampdoria last year, and he was at Napoli before that from 2013 for five years – so he had two seasons with Rafa Benitez, the manager of the club from 2013-2015.
He played 54 games for Napoli with 15 goals and 5 assists.
Former Napoli striker – 27-year-old Duvan Zapata
The 6 times capped Colombian international has had an outstanding season, and in 37 total games, he has 22 goals and 7 assists for Atalanta.
They have an option to buy the player at the end of his loan this season, but the news is that they want to sell him immediately – presumably for an inflated fee.
Other clubs reported to be interested in the striker include West Ham, Roma, and Inter Milan.
Zapata will not come cheap, and there are reports in Italy that West Ham failed with a €40M bid for him in January.
Atalanta are said to now want €50M million (£42.7M) according to Tuttomercatoweb.
He will be expensive and maybe too much for Newcastle although the player himself has always spoken very highly of Rafa as a coach.
He could be interested in a move to Newcastle to link up with Rafa again – but surely not for over £40M?
What do you think?