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Monday October 1 2018
Semplici's SPAL still gestating

SPAL survived the threat of relegation last season and started this campaign on stunning form, so Tom Scholes analyses Leonardo Semplici's side.

After picking up three wins in their final four Serie A matches last season, SPAL managed to survive in Italy’s top flight and Leonardo Semplici was rewarded with a new contract. Nonetheless, few could’ve expected such a sensational start to this campaign.

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Monday September 17 2018
Petagna hails ‘big club’ SPAL

Andrea Petagna admits ‘football is strange’ after his brace against Atalanta but insists he joined SPAL because ‘we’re a big club’.

Petagna inflicted revenge on Atalanta, who sold him to SPAL over the summer, with two goals in a 2-0 win for his new team.

“Football is really strange,” the striker said after the game.

“We all played a great game, from the first to last minute, with great enthusiasm and support from our fans.

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Sunday August 12 2018
Coppa: Petagna puts SPAL through

Andrea Petagna made the perfect start to his SPAL career, scoring the Coppa Italia Third Round winner against Spezia.

The former Atalanta striker was on target straight after the restart at the Stadio Picco.

It proved the only goal of the game, though Gyasi saw his effort ruled offside.

SPAL go on to face either Sampdoria or Viterbese Castrense in the Fourth Round in December.

Spezia 0-1 SPAL

Petagna 47 (S)

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Thursday July 19 2018
Official: Spal sign Petagna

Spal have officially confirmed the signing of Andrea Petagna from Atalanta, on loan with an obligation to buy “under certain conditions”.

The striker was a regular in Gian Piero Gasperini’s side last season, but the arrival of Duvan Zapata left him surplus to requirements.

“Spal 2013 announces the signing, on loan with an obligation to buy under certain conditions, of the striker Andrea Petagna from the club Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio,” a statement on the club’s official website confirms.

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Tuesday July 17 2018
Petagna to SPAL for €15m

SPAL have reportedly agreed to sign Andrea Petagna on loan for €3m with obligation to give Atalanta another €12m if they secure safety.

According to Sky Sport Italia, it is the biggest operation in SPAL’s transfer history.

The Italy international centre-forward left the Atalanta training camp today and is on his way to Ferrara.

Gianluca Di Marzio revealed new details on the financial aspect of the move and it is a remarkably expensive deal.

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Tuesday July 17 2018
Petagna set for Spal

Andrea Petagna has left Atalanta’s pre-season training camp, as he prepares to complete a move to Spal.

The striker was a regular for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side last season, but managed just six goals in all competitions.

With the arrival of Duvan Zapata his playing time was likely to be limited in Bergamo, and it soon emerged that he was in talks with Spal.

Now Sky Italia is reporting that the 23-year-old has left the Orobici’s pre-season training camp, as they two clubs exchange the necessary documents.

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Saturday July 14 2018
Petagna heading to SPAL

SPAL are close to agreeing a deal for Atalanta centre-forward Andrea Petagna, on loan with option to buy for a total €14m.

Petagna is no longer required in Bergamo after they signed Duvan Zapata from Sampdoria.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the striker has given the all-clear and a medical should be due next week.

It remains to be seen what the formula of the deal will be, as it’s initially a loan for €2m with option to buy for another €12m at the end of the season.

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Sunday July 1 2018
Southampton look at Petagna

Southampton are making a firm bid for Atalanta centre-forward Andrea Petagna, also a target for Lazio and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sky Sports UK claim that the Saints are marching on Bergamo with a proposal for the 23-year-old.

They face competition from within the Premier League from Wolves, while Lazio have made an approach in Serie A.

Considering all the interest, Petagna’s price-tag has climbed to at least €10m.

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Thursday June 21 2018
Lazio close on Papu Gomez

Lazio are in negotiations with Atalanta for Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez, having already agreed terms with the Argentina international.

According to several sources, including Sky Sport Italia, the offer on the table is currently €10m, whereas Atalanta are holding out for €15m.

It is likely they will eventually meet in the middle and conclude a deal worth €12-13m.

Papu and his agent Giuseppe Riso were at lunch with Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna – also linked with Lazio – today in Milan.

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Sunday June 3 2018
Petagna on Lazio radar

Lazio have set their sights on centre-forward Andrea Petagna after his agent hinted he could leave Atalanta.

The striker turns 23 later this month, but is already a Serie A veteran with 69 games under his belt.

Curiously for a forward, his goal-scoring tally is poor, netting only nine times compared to 16 assists.

This season, he has contributed six goals and nine assists between Serie A, the Europa League and Coppa Italia.

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