Atalanta target Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza

When it comes to the transfer market, Atalanta are simply one of the best in the business.

The reports in Italy suggested that Atalanta are targeting Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza.

The 25-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

The Spain international’s contract at Villarreal is set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

The left-back has featured in 41 matches this term, netting 2 goals and providing 4 assists in all competitions.

Alfonso Pedraza
Alfonso Pedraza

Pedraza has represented Spain at Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 21 caps and scoring 3 goals.

His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Atalanta.

The Serie A club are looking to sign a left-back and have identified the 25-year-old as potential transfer target.

The report claims that Atalanta manager has extensively scouted Pedraza and is considering a move for the left-back. Gian Piero Gasperini is a long term admirer of Pedraza and believes he can get the most out of the Spain international.

The Spain international is a skilled left-back who can make a difference at both ends of the pitch.

According to the report, “Atalanta are targeting Villarreal full-back Alfonso Pedraza if Robin Gosens moves on this summer. According to transfer guru Alfredo Pedullà, La Dea have set their sights on the 25-year-old Spaniard as a potential heir to Gosens. Pedraza has a release clause worth €35m and a contract that runs to June 2025, but this is believed to be negotiable. As he was a youth academy product, his sale would bring in pure profit for Villarreal. He is expected to play in the Europa League final against Manchester United. Gosens has attracted interest from clubs including Inter, Juventus and Leicester City.”

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Villarreal are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the left-back, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.

Alfonso Pedraza ideal fit for Atalanta?

Alfonso Pedraza stands as an excellent option for Atalanta.

A left-back of Pedraza’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Atalanta squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Gasperini’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.

Atalanta should do everything in their power to sign the in-demand Pedraza, who has all the qualities to be a success at the club.

It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the next few weeks.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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