Even if there are only four days left in this January’s transfer window, many signings could still take place and one of them is Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata, who is reportedly set to join Newcastle United.
This is according to a recent report by journalist Carl Markham, who sensationally claimed that Atalanta are preparing to lose the Colombian forward this month and are then interested in replacing him with Liverpool’s Divock Origi.
.@LFC rejected initial interest in Takumi Minamino of Leeds and Monaco. Atalanta are also watching Divock Origi as they could lose Duvan Zapata to Newcastle.
– Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) 27 January 2022
Despite scoring a well-known goal in the semi-finals of the 2018-19 Champions League against Barcelona, the cult hero Origi (26) has been a peripheral figure in Jurgen Klopp’s group for some time.
With the Belgian international’s agreement at Anfield expiring at the end of the season, interest in his services came by way of Italy.
Elsewhere, Zapata, 30, joined Atalanta from local rivals Sampdoria in 2018, initially on loan before making a permanent deal two seasons later in a deal worthwhile. £ 10.8 million.
During his nearly four-year stint at Bergamo, the 30-year-old South American has grown to become one of his team’s most important players.
After participating in just over 150 matches in all competitions, Zapata has already scored on 78 occasions and added a further 38 assists.
However, with his contract expiring over 18 months, Atalanta could get the last proper chance to sell the striker in January before its value drops sharply.
With Eddie Howe’s Magpies looking for their January trek following the recent arrival of Kieran Trippier of Atletico Madrid and Chris Wood of Burnley, the signing of Zapata will definitely send a clear signal of intent.
Desperate to stay in England’s top tier next season, the second half of this campaign will likely be one of the most in the club’s history.
However, it’s one thing to lure some of Europe’s best talent to St James’ Park, but getting them on fire when the clubs need it most is another thing.
Fans will now be forced to wait to see if the Toon’s new cash-rich hierarchy can overcome the exciting proposed deal before Monday’s deadline.