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Thursday August 9 2018
Line-ups: Hapoel Haifa-Atalanta

Duvan Zapata leads the line for Atalanta, as they face Hapoel Haifa in the Europa League.

The Orobici are in Israel for the first leg of the second qualification round, and will face either CSKA Sofia or FC Copenhagen if they go through.

New signing Zapata was left out of the starting line-up for both ties against FK Sarajevo, but he starts up-front in Gian Piero Gasperini’s 3-4-2-1 system.

Matteo Pessina and captain Alejandro Gomez will look to provide support, with Marten de Roon anchoring the midfield.

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Sunday July 15 2018
Zapata scores on Atalanta debut

Atalanta fought back to win their friendly 6-1 against Chiasso with Papu Gomez and new signing Duvan Zapata on the scoresheet.

The pre-season test started on the wrong foot when Chiasso scored within 20 seconds.

It was a brief slip-up, as Papu Gomez promptly scored a brace to turn it around, then his corner found Alessandro Mancini.

Hans Hateboer got the fourth after the restart on a Timothy Castagne pull-back, but ex-Sampdoria striker Duvan Zapata made an impressive bow with his goal from close range.

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NEWS
Thursday July 12 2018
Lazio consider Anderson replacements

Felipe Anderson is on the verge of sealing a €38m move to West Ham United, so Lazio look for South American replacements.

The Brazilian seems set to join the Hammers for a club record fee, which could rise by a further €5m once bonuses are included.

Assuming there are no issues with his medical, Felipe Anderson will continue his career in Italy and the Biancocelesti are already looking at replacements.

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NEWS
Sunday June 24 2018
Lazio ask after Freuler too

Lazio are not just in talks with Atalanta for Papu Gomez, but also Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler.

According to Calcioatalanta.it, the negotiations for Gomez have been broadened to include other players in the Orobici squad.

The main target is Switzerland international Freuler, who is currently at the World Cup.

He joined Atalanta in January 2016 for just €1.5m, yet the Bergamo boys want in the region of €20m to let him leave.

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NEWS
Saturday June 23 2018
Three targets to replace Anderson

Lazio have reportedly identified Gremio forward Luan, Sporting’s Gelson Martins and Atalanta’s Papu Gomez as targets to replace Felipe Anderson.

Brazilian Anderson appears set to leave the Biancocelesti for English Premier League club West Ham United.

According to numerous media outlets, Hammers officials will be in Rome later today to finalise terms of the 25-year-old’s departure to London.

And according to Il Messagero, the Stadio Olimpico club have wasted no time in beginning the search for reinforcements.

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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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Thursday May 24 2018
Biglia hits out at Papu Gomez

Lucas Biglia hit out at Atalanta captain and Argentina teammate Papu Gomez for a crunching tackle and lack of apology.

The Milan midfielder thought his World Cup participation was at risk after recovering in record time from a back fracture only to then be clattered from behind by Gomez during a 1-1 draw with Atalanta.

“During that incident, I was perfectly aware he was behind me, which is why I got back up infuriated,” Biglia told Argentine paper Ole.

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Saturday April 14 2018
Gomez: 'Means a lot to the fans'

Papu Gomez feels Atalanta have rediscovered their verve in the fight for European football and notes facing Inter “means a lot to the fans.”

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“It’s a difficult match, one that means a lot to the fans and is important for us. We need to win in order to hang on to the European places,” the Argentina international told Mediaset Premium and Inter TV.

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BLOG ITALIA
Thursday March 22 2018
Argentina flies flag for Serie A

Italy might not be at the World Cup, but there’s plenty of Serie A representation in the Argentina squad, notes Vilizar Yakimov.

Italy’s disastrous failure to qualify for the World Cup left most Serie A followers with little to look forward to in the tournament. However, some of Serie A’s biggest stars will still take part.

Throughout the years, Argentinian players have always thrived in Serie A and some of La Albiceleste’s finest talents have plied their trade in the Peninsula. The likes of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi are following the footsteps of legends like Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Hernan Crespo and Javier Zanetti.

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Wednesday February 28 2018
Gomez: 'Only one result matters'

Captain Papu Gomez warns Atalanta that “only one result matters and we will try to achieve it” against Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final.

It kicks off in Turin at 16.30 GMT after the first leg ended 1-0 for the Bianconeri in Bergamo.

“Let’s say that no matter what the result of the first leg, we still would’ve had to win here,” the Argentine told JTV.

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