Atalanta director insists future of Milan-linked midfielder is ‘yet to be decided’

By Oliver Fisher -

Atalanta director Giovanni Sartori has refused to rule out the idea of a permanent exit for midfielder Matteo Pessina this summer.

The Rossoneri have been extensively linked with a move for Pessina over the last few weeks, and La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) report on Thursday morning that there is a mutual interest.

The paper explains that Atalanta value the 23-year-old at around €20million while Milan see him as a €12m player, and therefore only intend to pay €6m. The difference between the two evaluations is significant and therefore it will not be easy to find an agreement, even if there is time.

The player’s will is obviously be very important, and he wants to return to Milan where he could find space as an alternative to Calhanoglu. Atalanta would also gladly take him back, but the last word will be up to Gasperini who is also evaluating other profiles.

Amid all the speculation, Atalanta’s Giovanni Sartori spoke to HellasLive about Pessina.

“Matteo Pessina’s future has yet to be decided. Verona did an extraordinary job, in the person of D’Amico who believed in it and in that of Juric who made him grow,” he said (via MilanLive).

“If Pessina were to come out on loan from Atalanta again, the ideal solution is Verona to continue to mature.”

Therefore, the favoured track of La Dea seems to be that of loaning Pessina to Hellas Verona for another year.

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