Man City, Leicester told to pay €30m for Atalanta star

James Holland
Robin Gosens Atalanta Man City

Man City or Leicester will have to pay €30million (£25.7m) if they want to land Atalanta’s Robin Gosens, according to reports.

The Germany international has attracted attention from all across Europe with his exciting displays.

He showed his talent at this summer’s European Championship. Gosens registered a goal and assist during Germany’s 4-2 win over Portugal in Group F.

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The 27-year-old operates as a left wing-back or left midfielder and is being eyed by Man City and Leicester.

That’s according to Calciomercato (via Sport Witness). The Italian outlet write that both Premier League sides made an approach for Gosens in the summer transfer window but were pushed back.

A return for the player ‘cannot be excluded’. Atalanta’s owners have prepared by setting their asking price at €30m.

Inter Milan are monitoring Gosens and will compete for his signature, should a bidding war start next summer.

They were first recommended to sign him by Antonio Conte and have maintained an interest ever since.

The report states any transfer to England or the San Siro would be ‘complicated’. Gosens is locked in negotiations with Atalanta over a contract extension and pay rise.

As such, Man City or Leicester would have to meet Atalanta’s asking price then offer the player a hefty salary to prize him away from Italy.

The Emmerich-born defender has started the 2021-22 campaign well. He has already registered a goal and assist in five Serie A appearances.

Gosens also scored in Atalanta’s Champions League opener against Villarreal, which ended 2-2.

Meanwhile, pundit Rio Ferdinand has urged Man Utd or Liverpool to sign Raheem Sterling from Man City.

The England international has started just two of City’s six matches in all competitions so far this season.

Manager Pep Guardiola prefers to operate with the likes of Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish in attack.

Ferdinand said: “Where is Raheem Sterling? He’s lost confidence because he’s been taken out of the team.

“He was the go-to guy when they needed a goal, for so many years, and now all of a sudden he’s in the wilderness.

“If I’m Liverpool, I’d buy Sterling tomorrow … If I’m him, I wouldn’t go to Barcelona or Real Madrid right now, that’s why I said Liverpool … Man United will take him!”