Saturday July 13 2019
Percassi: 'Malinovskyi possibility'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi confirmed advanced talks for Genk midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi and sees an ongoing project in Bergamo.

There are multiple reports this evening that Malinovskyi will complete the transfer over the next few days, with Genk receiving €13.7m.

“Malinovskyi is one of the possibilities on the market,” Percassi told Tuttomercatoweb.

The Orobici are becoming more of a draw for star names after finishing third in Serie A and qualifying for the Champions League.

“People abroad are pleasantly surprised and congratulate us on our success, but above all on the wonderful football we’ve developed.

“We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, because when flying too high, we risk a nasty fall. Our first objective must be to secure Serie A status. There is so much enthusiasm and it’s marvellous to see so many people show their love for Atalanta.

“Gian Piero Gasperini is formidable and has done so much for Atalanta. We hope he can do even more over the next few years.”

Milan and Inter have given Atalanta permission to play their Champions League home games at San Siro, as the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo – which will be renamed the Gewiss Arena – is undergoing restructuring works.

“We thanked everyone, but now realise it’ll be an even more complicated preparation, because everyone is waiting for us. We’ll reinforce the squad, but already have solid foundations and Atalanta have been playing attractive football for three years now.

“We are honoured to play at San Siro and hope to put in good performances.”

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