Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has had his sights set on 28-year-old Udinese striker Duvan Zapata, who has played 6 times for the Columbian National side.
He has been on loan this season to Atalanta and the striker has had an excellent season scoring 20 goals in 30 league games for his club.
West Ham have been previously interested in the striker.
Fcinternews are reporting that Inter-Milan are now interested in keeping the striker in Italy, and they had a scout at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia last Monday night as Atalanta and Empoli played out a 0-0 draw.
The report is that the 28-year-old could replace Argentine International striker Mauro Icardi, who is almost certain to leave Inter this summer.
Atalanta have an option to buy the player at the end of his loan in the summer, but the news is Atalanta want to sell him immediately – presumably for a large profit.
Roma have also expressed an interest in the player.
28-year-old Serie A striker Duvan Zapata
Atalanta are likely to ask €50M (£43M) for the player who has said many times he admires Rafa Benitez as a coach – Zapata was on Napoli’s books when Rafa was there from 2013-2015.
West Ham United have been reported to have failed with a massive €40M bid for him in January.
We’d be very surprised if Mike Ashley would pay out over £40M for a 28-year-old.
The chances of signing Zapata seem slim indeed.
What do you think?