Two birds with one stone: Atalanta and Scamacca get their way

Two birds with one stone: Atalanta and Scamacca get their way

The fact that Gianluca Scamacca and the Premier League or his West Ham United career station there did not go together was immediately apparent in several points.

The highly talented striker only managed three meager goals in 16 first-division games last season – which was also his first since moving from Sassuolo Calcio last summer for over 40 million euros. After all: In the Conference League, which the Hammers ultimately won with a narrow 2-1 win over AC Fiorentina, he not only scored two goals in qualifying but also three goals in seven appearances (no squad place in the final due to a recently necessary Knee surgery).

In July, Scamacca made it clear that he didn’t like his time at West Ham in general in a conversation with the “Gazzetta dello Sport” – which was interpreted by some as an announcement of the upcoming quick farewell. Among other things, he said – referring to his hometown, his training stations Lazio and AS and the current Giallorossi coach: “Rome is my home. Francesco Totti has been my idol since my childhood – and who does not dream of being coached by José Mourinho become?”

Atalanta outperforms the competition

Of course, rumors quickly arose afterwards, which hardened. For a long time, Inter Milan and Roma were very interested in Scamacca – especially since the capital city will have to do without Tammy Abraham (cruciate ligament injury in the front left knee, surgery, rehab) until next year.

But in recent weeks, after Scamacca, who was visually conspicuous due to his many tattoos, finally removed West Ham from his Instagram profile, Atalanta Bergamo suddenly emerged as the new address. To the point of completely outpacing the competition. Because this Monday, the fixed transfer was finally announced by the Lombards, who are reacting directly to the profitable sale of Rasmus Höjlund (20, Manchester United): Contract until June 30, 2027 – also his original term at the Hammers – and 25 Million euros in transfer fee plus five more as possible bonuses.

And that ended abruptly for Scamacca, who had been promoted to national team under Roberto Mancini (eleven games for the Squadra Azzurra so far), the rather needed Premier League adventure, even if the striker does not want to miss the time and the experience he has gained. He had already made that clear in July: “If I return to Italy, it won’t be because I failed in England. It wouldn’t be a step backwards either, because our league (Serie A; Note d. editor) is one of the best.”

In addition, his critics didn’t know “that I played the entire season with a broken meniscus. At one point it was unbearable and I had to have an operation. And yet I scored eight goals in 27 competitive games. Of course it would have could be better, but also a lot worse. And I feel like a conference league winner even though I didn’t play in the final.”

After the signature, the top scorer said the following about his new team – especially about his future coach Gian Piero Gasperini: “He told me that I still had hidden qualities that he could see. I found the best place for myself. I also looked around in Bergamo yesterday – and I was thrilled.” Sounds like renewed confidence.

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