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Monday April 8 2019
The impossible Atalanta dream

Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at Atalanta’s impressive form and asks, can they seriously qualify for the Champions League?

The moment the final whistle blew in San Siro, was the moment that Atalanta’s impossible dream suddenly looked real. The 0-0 draw with Inter had been less than inspiring, but the point was enough to take them into joint fourth spot. Now, the Champions League seemed possible, especially as the other contenders all conspired to slip up. There are certainly still some hurdles to jump before the finishing post looms, but their destiny is now largely in their own hands.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta aiming high'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez isn’t holding back as they face Inter at San Siro. “Our objective is the Europa League, but when we are this close to the Champions League places…”

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

You can follow all the action as it happens from this game, Lazio-Sassuolo and Napoli-Genoa on the LIVEBLOG.

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Wednesday April 3 2019
Boca want Biglia or Papu

Boca Juniors are targeting Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia and Atalanta captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez, it’s reported.

According to Fox Sports Argentina, the historic club is preparing a swoop for Serie A veterans this summer.

It is not the first time Boca have been linked with Gomez, as they had already been in negotiations with the trequartista last season.

As for Biglia, he could be interested in a return to Argentina as he nears the end of his career.

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Tuesday February 26 2019
Gasp: 'Away goal fundamental'

Gian Piero Gasperini has Papu Gomez back and believes it’s “fundamental” Atalanta get an away goal against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia semi-final.

The first leg kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 GMT at the Stadio Franchi.

“It’s going to be a very important match for the season, seeing as we reached this semi-final by eliminating Juventus, clearly we also raised expectations and hopes,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Friday February 22 2019
Gasp: Atalanta, take out Toro!

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini has challenged his side to ‘take Torino out’ of the European equation in Serie A on Saturday.

The match kicks off at 14:00 GMT tomorrow - click here for a preview.

“It wasn’t a good week for Gomez,” admitted Gasperini at a Press conference.

“He has flexor discomfort, which prevented him from training. We haven’t made any calculations yet.

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Saturday February 16 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta want goals'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez notes “if we score many goals, we can go far and that is our objective” against Milan tonight.

It kicks off at 19.30 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

Only one point separates fourth-placed Milan from Atalanta in fifth, with Lazio and Roma also ready to take advantage of the fixture list.

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Saturday February 16 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta-Milan birthday gift'

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez can’t wait to lead Atalanta out against Milan in tonight’s head-to-head for fourth place and aims to break a club record.

It kicks off at 19.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Argentine turned 31 yesterday and is hoping for a better present than last year.

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Friday January 25 2019
Giovinco to Al-Hilal?

Having failed to coax Papu Gomez from Atalanta, Al-Hilal are reportedly close to a deal for Toronto FC star man Sebastian Giovinco.

According to journalist Mootaz Chehade, Al-Hilal are in advanced negotiations with Giovinco’s agent, who is currently in Saudi Arabia.

An entry visa has already been granted and an announcement could be imminent.

Giovinco celebrates his 32nd birthday tomorrow and has been in Canada with Toronto FC since February 2015.

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Friday January 4 2019
Al-Hilal prepare Gomez offer

Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are ready to offer Alejandro Gomez a huge salary, reports suggest, as well as offering €15m to Atalanta.

Papu is Orobici captain and a fan favourite, but there are fears he could leave the club this month.

Independiente are interested, as are clubs in China and the UAE, but calciomercato.com reports Al-Hilal are the most serious about making a move this month.

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Friday January 4 2019
Atalanta fear they'll lose Papu

Atalanta are reportedly seeking reinforcements in January amid concerns their captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez will leave.

Sky Sport Italia claim the 30-year-old is having trouble resisting yet more proposals from all over the world, including China and the UAE.

It comes after Independiente President Hugo Moyano confirmed he had been in talks with Atalanta for Papu.

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